Jonas Akerlund<br />Director of Lady Gaga - Telephone<br />
About Him.<br />Jonas Åkerlund (born November 10, 1965) is a Swedish film and music video director, and drummer. He is best known for his stylish music videos, which are often mock forms of movie trailers and short films. His video for Madonna's song "Ray of Light" won a Grammy for Best Music Video, Short Form, and a record seven awards at 1998 MTV Video Music Awards, including the Video of the Year. He more recently directed the video for Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera's 2011 single "Moves Like Jagger".<br />Åkerlund was a member of the Swedish black metal band Bathory from 1983 through 1984.<br />Among his more recent works were the controversial pornographic music video for Rammstein's "Pussy", the video for the song "Telephone" by Lady Gaga featuring Beyoncé and ”Hold It Against Me" by Britney Spears.<br />
Telephone – Lady Gaga.<br />"Telephone" is a song by American recording artist Lady Gaga. It was released from her third extended play (EP) and second major release The Fame Monster (2009). The song, featuring America R&B singer Beyoncé Knowles, was written by Gaga and Rodney Jerkins. Inspired by her fear of not being able to enjoy herself because of her dedication to her career, Gaga explained that the lyrics portray herself preferring the dance floor instead of answering her lover's phone call and noted that the telephone addressed in the lyrics of the song is, in reality, a person telling her to continue working harder<br />
The music video is over nine minutes long and begins where "Paparazzi" left off after Gaga was arrested for killing her boyfriend by poisoning his drink.(Both videos were directed by him) <br />She is taken to a women's prison, where she is led to her cell by two prison guards, who strip her of shoulder-padded dress and left standing nude, while she is mocked by the other prison inmates. One of the guards comments, "I told you she didn't have a dick", referring to the rumors that Gaga is intersex, using her video she has denied the rumours. <br />
Gaga's activities in the prison—including kissing another female prisoner in the exercise yard, wearing sunglasses made out of half-smoked cigarettes, and catfights in the commissary. Gaga's sister, NataliGermanotta, makes a cameo in the commissary scene. After that, Gaga answers a call from Beyoncé, and begins to sing the song. She performs the first verse and chorus with other scantily clad inmates, followed by a bridge featuring Gaga wearing only yellow "Caution" tape.]Gaga is bailed out and exits to find Beyoncé waiting for her in the "Pussy Wagon”<br />Beyoncé is nicknamed Honey Bee, a reference to the character Honey Bunny in Tarantino's 1994 crime film Pulp Fiction.<br />
The video then shifts to an intermediate sequence called "Let's Make a Sandwich”. This completely break up the story plot of the video and adds a new mini clip in her music video. Gaga stands in a kitchen, wearing a folded-up telephone on her head, while dancers cavort behind her, holding salad tongs and assorted cutlery. Ultimately, she prepares a sandwich and eats it, after a dance sequence. In the meantime, she mixes poison into all of the dishes she is preparing for the unsuspecting customers <br />
Gaga and Beyoncé perform another dance sequence, wearing American flag inspired garments and shredded denims, while strutting around the dead bodies.They then leave in the "Pussy Wagon" and travel on a highway as news reporter reports the murders. The last shots show Gaga and Beyoncétravelling through a desert with police sirens wailing in the background. The video ends with the line "To Be Continued ..." followed by end credits<br />This video is shot like a mini movie, it has several intertextual references, a very stereotyped version of what people think in women’s prison but being a Lady gaga video it is portrayed over the top.<br />
Films.<br />Spun - It is Åkerlund's début as a feature-film director, having already become known for his work in music videos. The film was shot in 22 days, and centers on various people involved in a methamphetamine drug ring. The film blends elements of dark comedy and drama in its storytelling. Its title is a reference to the slang term for the way users feel after going multiple days without sleep while on a methamphetamine binge<br />The Horseman- A recently widowed detective still grieving over his wife's death discovers a shocking connection between himself and the suspects in a serial killing spree linked to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.<br />Small Apartments is an upcoming American film directed by Jonas Åkerlund. It tells the story of Franklin Franklin, played by Matt Lucas, who by mistake kills his landlord, played by Peter Stormare.The cast co-stars Johnny Knoxville, James Caan, Dolph Lundgren, Billy Crystal, Juno Temple, Saffron Burrows and Amanda Plummer. The screenplay was written by Chris Millis and adapted from his own novella<br />
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