Vox Lux

Scott Walker's final work was to soundtrack this tale of a fading pop icon

Trending Now

Nick Cave: the mysteries of Ghosteen revealed in the new Uncut!

The latest issue of Uncut explores the making of Ghosteen

Jimi Hendrix – Songs For Groovy Children: 
The Fillmore East Concerts

Hendrix’s four shows with the Band Of Gypsys 
get a full release, “warts and all”

The Beatles – Deluxe Ultimate Music Guide

I want you so bad it’s driving me mad! Presenting the deluxe 148-page edition of our Ultimate Music Guide...

Actor-turned-director Brady Corbet is 30 years old, with only two movies to his credit. But his output shames the parochial short-sightedness of some of his peers and holds its own against directors twice his age. His films – The Childhood 
Of A Leader and now Vox Lux – can be maddening in their opacity, but they are dizzyingly imaginative and rich in ideas, raising complex questions that hang in the air long after the credits roll.

Order the latest issue of Uncut online and have it sent to your home!

Vox Lux charts the career arc of a fading pop icon. Played as a teenager by newcomer Raffey Cassidy, the young Celeste emerges from a tragic school shooting to become the nation’s sweetheart; after an ellipsis of nearly 20 years, and a slew of scandals, she returns as Natalie Portman, an altogether more cynical and spoilt personality, struggling to maintain her fame.

Advertisement

Corbet frames the story in chapters and with a dryly omniscient narrator (Willem Dafoe), a conceit often employed by Lars Von Trier, to whose work Vox Lux owes an obvious debt. But where Von Trier can be detached and ironic, Corbet is committed to making Celeste credible, with catchy, upbeat autotune bangers written specially for the film by Sia. Lest we get too swept away, however, Corbet counterpoints Sia’s escapist pop with an eerie score by the late Scott Walker. With its haunting strings and nightmarish lullabies – at a key point, weird baby voices sing, “All of the cheekies are out 
of doors” – Walker adds a frisson of dread 
to a story of America’s fascination with celebrity and tragedy.

The June 2019 issue of Uncut is on sale from April 18, and available to order online now – with Pink Floyd on the cover. The issue comes with a unique 15-track CD curated for Uncut by The National, who also speak exclusively to us inside the issue. Elsewhere, you’ll find Scott Walker, Bob Dylan, Primal Scream, JJ Cale, Cate Le Bon, Peter Perrett, Aretha Franklin, Mac DeMarco, Dinosaur Jr, Dylan Carson, Africa Express and much more.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Latest Issue

Advertisement

Features

Advertisement