Saint Etienne - Magpie Eyes

Tash Tung delivers a fresh summer portrait of a quiet British town in this nostalgic promo for Saint Etienne.

Filmed around Stevenage, Hertfordshire and mixing stills and moving image, the clip imagines the band as teenagers in the modern day and follows them around a sleepy market suburb. Combining elements that are firmly set in the past (indoor market stalls with their busiest days behind them) and modern curiosities (kids on those hoverboards that were everywhere for five minutes until somebody realised they're a huge fire hazard) gives the film a timeless quality and a celebration of a side of Britain not often celebrated.


"We wanted to capture the distinct architectural look of a post-war utopian New Town and the feeling of growing up in a British suburb, using stills film photography and moving-image portraits of local kids in the town centre.

"I cast my friend Eve Mahoney to play the young Sarah, and then found out Eve's uncle used to be the band's long-term photographer, the amazing Joe Dilworth."

  • Tash Tung
    Doors of Thrones - Tourism Ireland
  • Tash Tung
  • Roxanne Holman
  • Eve Mahoney, Theo George, John Armour
    Key Cast
  • Luke Scully
  • Charlie Rotberg - Homespun
  • Tom Mangham
  • Project Type:
    Music Video
  • Genres:
    drama, period, music promo
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 32 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 27, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    2,500 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - Tash Tung

Tash is a London-based director and visual artist with a background in graphic design, photography and fine art.

Having trained at Chelsea College of Art and LCC, she crosses the boundaries between art and music videos, branded content and independent films. Very much a visualiser across many mediums, she continues developing her relationship with film and music through a focus on strong concepts and striking visuals.

Garnering an Official Selection laurel for her directorial debut at the London Short Film Festival, Tash moved into branded content. In conjunction with Publicis London, their Tourism Ireland campaign was awarded the Grand Prix at Epica Awards 2016, the Grand Prix and 4 Gold awards at Kinsale Sharks 2016, and nominated for Best Experiential Campaign at Shots 2016.

In 2016, an ongoing collaboration with artist and musician, Gazelle Twin, led to the commissioned audio-visual performance piece 'Kingdom Come.’ The experiential work is currently touring major music and art festivals worldwide, with upcoming dates this year.

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