Interview: SLC video director Lindy Heymann

09 Aug 2012

We gave Sovereign Light Café director Lindy Heymann a shout to find out a bit more about the video. (Those of you in Germany can watch the video here.)

Q. Hi Lindy. Congrats on the Sovereign Light Café video - it's gone down very well with the Keane fans. Are you pleased with how it turned out?
A. Thank you - yes we're all very pleased with it and I'm delighted that the fans feel the same way.  I set out to capture the heart and spirit of Bexhill and hopefully the video has done that.

Q. What was your original concept for the video?
A. The band wanted to shoot a video that featured the Sovereign Light Café - so Bexhill was always our destination. The idea for using the people of Bexhill came from coming across all the different wild and wonderful groups and clubs in the area. It really is amazing the variety of pursuits on offer and how many there are. From Edwardian Cyclists and Belly Dancers to Classic Car Enthusiasts, Marching Bands and Rowers. There really is something for everyone.

Q. How did you manage to find all the people who appear in the video?
A. I found many of them on the internet but Ann Marie and Lauren (members of our wonderful production team) contacted the groups individually to see if they may be interested. I remember it was very short notice as the band were in the middle of touring and only available for one day. No one we approached turned us down which I think says a lot about Keane.

Q. Was it difficult working with so many people?
A. Yes, I'd be lying if I said it wasn't... but it was also brilliant - there wasn't a script as such so my poor Producer and First AD had the challenge of scheduling everyone with call times and locations along the beachfront. We did our best - but invariably there was a lot of waiting around for people. The band were great as they hung out with everyone which I think helped keep the atmosphere relaxed.

Q. Quite a few fans have said the video has a bit of an Olympics feel to it. Was that intentional?
A. Yes - I think that too - it wasn't intentional, but looking back it does feel like it's capturing the moment.

Q. How long was the shoot? Did it all go smoothly?
A. It was all day - dawn to dusk - and yes it was a great day. Of course we were extremely fortunate with the weather (some of the crew came away with sun tans) - I think if I remember right, it rained on both days either side of the shoot.

Q. Presumably passers by soon became aware that you and the band were filming a video? Did that cause any issues?
A. No, surprisingly it didn't. The locals were so relaxed and friendly and extremely understanding about us shooting.

Q. Had you been to Bexhill before? It looks beautiful in the video.
A. I had but years and years ago - it's a lovely stretch of coast and very cinematic.

Q. Did you get to sample the fare of the actual Sovereign Light Café?
A. Of course - they were fantastic - they catered the video.

Q. Finally, what are you working on next?
A. At the moment I'm working on a feature film about a feisty, female pickpocket in 19th Century London.  I know... couldn't be more different!!

Comments (16)

Oh this interview really cleared some things up... and it was nice to see from other point of view. Oh and it was not intentional the olympics stuff, that's fun! BTW I agree with Gudrun wonders!! Kisses, and see you soon here in Brazil!

Posted by Leteka at 2:25am, 20 Aug 2012

Interesting, Thanks ! I definitively like this picture.

Posted by athallie at 2:59pm, 16 Aug 2012

I'm planning in late september a 48 hours trip from Italy to Bexhill just to take a coffee at the Sovereign Light Cafè. :)

Posted by francescadani at 12:46pm, 15 Aug 2012

Great idea this interview. I like the video very much. Only there is one little Director mistake at the end. Tim is looking at the band, first without jacket and the next moment with jacket.

Posted by jado72 at 12:33pm, 11 Aug 2012

ISA, from Brasil, Sao Paulo *** A whole day shooting, wow... Thanks, folks! XXXXX

Posted by Isa at 1:16pm, 10 Aug 2012

SLC is becoming famous as Abbey Road zebra crossed. Really great! Beijos, Regina.

Posted by Regina Brz at 3:33am, 10 Aug 2012


Posted by Alekeane at 12:04am, 10 Aug 2012

It's so nice to know more about this amazing video! And yep, we all love it! :D Will there be a MAKING OF?

Posted by pskeane at 11:51pm, 09 Aug 2012


Posted by STEPHIE at 9:06pm, 09 Aug 2012

toutes mes excuses pour la faute d'orthographe dans la nom Me HEYMAN

Posted by choupette94 at 7:43pm, 09 Aug 2012

SALUT LES AMIIS°°° tout d'abord je voudrais **FELICITER** LINDY HEYMEN pour cet excellent travail .comme je vous l'ai dis précédement .j'adore SOVEREIGN LIGHT CAFE mais surtout l'emotion qui sort de cette vidèo **si comme moi vous ne le connaissais pas ; après avoir regarder ces images; on à juste envie d'aller s"installer à la terrasse pour prendre un café et profiter BEXILL ON SEA ce petit paradis ou il semble faire bon vivre *** ce que j'adore plus dans cette vidéo c'est la photo* de famille * trés émouvant ((un beau souvenir pour une journée inoubliable** ya rien de mieux ))hein TOMY tu vois a quoi je fais allusion ** je vous adore

Posted by choupette94 at 7:37pm, 09 Aug 2012

It is certainly my favorite Keane music video, perhaps 'cos it represents their lifetime,memories, the place where they come from and where they grew up; so thank u so much for this amazing job,and as i use to say : Simple things are the most beautiful. Keep always like that; Keane team, we love u all. ♥ Greetings from Mexico City. \(• o •)*/

Posted by Missvanitzzi at 3:10pm, 09 Aug 2012

I would also like to congrat Lindy Heymann and all the people involved in this amazing video...KEANE being first of first, of course, as, for me, they are the most important inspiration for this magical atmosphere; not only for the song itself and all their awesome talent, but also because this is what they are...an example of kindness, deep sense of friendship and inside values...and this is really present on the video...congratulations for having gathered all these sentiments so well and made all these people feel the same "Keane spirit" - all were wonderful. Thanks a lot for such a sensitive work.

Posted by hlimpo at 2:32pm, 09 Aug 2012

Well done! Certainly made me fall in love with Bexhill-On-Sea....of course, I was already in love with Keane!.....Sherry W. Michigan, USA. @sambawoman

Posted by Sherry W. at 1:50pm, 09 Aug 2012

Mi è piaciuto sapere qualcosina in più su questo video che io adoro! Io amo il mare e questa spiaggia con le cabine mi ricorda tanto il lungomare di Giardini Naxos con i turisti che vi passeggiano! La parte finale, dove Tom raggiunge il resto della band e poi sono seduti tutti insieme al tavolino del Sovereign Ligh Cafè, è la mia preferita, mi trasmette un senso di serenità e anche di forte amicizia che lega questa band, si vede che sono affiatati fra di loro e questo contribuisce anche a rendere la loro musica ancora più armoniosa e magica! Un abbraccio a voi Keane dalla vostra fan Sabrina da Catania, SICILIA!!!

Posted by Sabrina v. at 1:32pm, 09 Aug 2012

I think what I like most is the group photo at the end of the video. And I keep wondering what happened to the big dog Jesse had on a leash on some of Richard´s pics.

Posted by Gudrun (Austria) at 1:12pm, 09 Aug 2012

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