Taibach residents kept in the dark on Radiohead night shoot

20 July 2016

A short film has been made in Port Talbot inspired by band Radiohead’s new album.

The short film forms part of a series of vignettes made by visual artists and inspired by songs from the band’s latest album, A Moon Shaped Pool, released in May.

The film was shot in Taibach on Heol Yr Orsedd at night. The footage features local people moving against the backdrop of an illuminated steelworks, and is accompanied by music from the last song on the album, entitled The Numbers.

One Heol yr Orsedd resident was unsurprised that the street had featured in a film. She told the Magnet that it is often used a location for filming because it has an excellent view of the steelworks, and was used in the 2013 film One Chance, the on-screen adaptation of Paul Potts’ life story.

Prior to filming residents received leaflets requesting participants that met certain criteria: a boy, young woman and an older man and woman all feature in the clip.

However, many of the street’s residents were unaware that recent filming had already taken place and that their street had provided the setting for a video that has been viewed over 95,000 times on social media.

Radiohead formed in 1985 and are a five piece band originally from Oxfordshire. The band shot to fame in 1992 with the release of their debut single ‘Creep’. Initially snubbed by the UK for being too depressing, the single later went onto earn the band worldwide fandom.

A Moon Shaped Pool is the band’s ninth album.

The film was directed by Grant Gee who also made the band’s 1998 documentary, Meeting People is Easy.


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