By Kara Warner
This one is for all of you Matthew Lewis and “Harry Potter” fans. Our favorite surprise dreamboat has been busy working to establish himself outside the “Potter” franchise and in addition to that grownup photo shoot he did a while back, Lewis recently spread his actorly wings into the world of music videos.
Lewis stars alongside actress Lily Loveless (“Skins” and “The Fades”) in the artistic, maudlin and ultimately depressing clip for “Filth,” the title track off the new album by British alternative folk group A Band of Buriers, which is out today (July 10). Before we give away all the details, we strongly suggest that you peep the six-minute vid for yourselves and then come back to give us your thoughts and interpretations.
For those who want to go ahead with our take on Lewis’ work in “Filth,” we’ll give you the nuts and bolts by way of a quick summary. Lewis and Loveless play a couple that is involved in a tumultuous relationship. Sometimes we see them being sweet and loving toward one another, but most of the time they are having heated arguments. Throughout the video they are fixated on the placement, care and attention to what seems to be a human bone, which they pass between each other and Lewis’ character eventually loses, which leads to more fighting and a totally shocking and unexpectedly violent climax that really should be seen in order to be believed.
It’s obvious that there are a lot of metaphors and symbols at work here, all designed to represent or magnify the extreme care, selflessness and effort that is required to sustain relationships. It is not at all what we expected from Lewis, which is a great thing. And although it’s going to take some time for us to get over those final graphic moments, Lewis’ performance here shows that he’s capable of a lot more onscreen magic than that of the Hogwarts educated variety.