I sent this to Tokyo Police Club on Twitter a while ago, semi-jokingly commenting that maybe it could be turned into a shirt or banner design. Since then I realized that it can make a pretty neat wallpaper for your desktop, maybe even a custom theme for Chrome :D Anyways, here it is for all y’all. Enjoy! :D
EDIT: I replaced the originally posted picture (uploaded from my phone) with the original one (straight from my laptop). Hopefully it’ll stay enlarged???
Essentially Ghost Quartet follows the stories of multiple reincarnations
of four characters/souls/ghosts, over numerous centuries, in a non-linear
fashion. Each actor plays reincarnations of the same character. There are four
main contexts the show takes place in: 17th century Japanese/German fairytale, 14th
Century Persia (Arabian Nights), 19th century England (Fall of the House
of Usher), and 21st century America.
The fairytale context
involves primarily Rose Red (Brittain), Pearl White (Gelsey), The Astronomer
(Dave), The Bear (Brent) as well as The Soldier (also Gelsey), The Miller (also
Dave) and The Fiddler (also Brent). Rose Red and Pearl White are sisters, and
Rose falls in love with The Astronomer, but he uses her and has an affair with
Pearl. In her anger, Rose asks The Bear, a magical being, if he will maul The
Astronomer, turn Pearl into a crow and trap them in a cave. He agrees, on the
condition she gets him four things: a pot of honey, a piece of stardust, a
secret baptism and a photo of a ghost. He gives her the ability to move through
the different timelines/incarnations of her soul in order to get these things.
Rose Red seduces The Solider for a pot of honey, and kills
her, as The Solider asked her to. She then moves through her incarnations in
the Arabian Nights context, the House of Usher context, and the modern day
context in order to collect the other things (see below).
She returns to The
Bear, only to find he has tricked her and won’t follow through with her request,
and tells her to do it herself (however – he does actually end up killing different
incarnations of Pearl in other contexts). Rose then pushes Pearl into the river
where she drowns. Pearl’s skeleton is fished out of the river by The Miller,
who leaves her bones to dry. The Fiddler finds the bones and makes a fiddle
from them, which is handed down the generations of his family until it ends up in
the camera shop owned by the modern Pearl.
The Arabian Nights
context involves Scheherazade (Gelsey), Dunyazad (Brittain), Shah Zaman
(Brent) and Monk (Dave). Scheherazade is wife to Shah Zaman, and tells him and
her sister Dunyazad a story each night, in order for him not to kill her. Her
stories are recollections from her other incarnations, and her ability to
recall/tell them comes from her stardust. Scheherazade also tells Dunyazad that
the ghost of Thelonious Monk is living behind a door in the palace.
later, after Dunyazad has died, Rose Red visits this timeline for the piece of
stardust. Scheherazade gives this to her by telling her a story of a dream she
had about meeting her past self. Eventually Shah Zaman kills Scheherazade and
becomes the ‘man in Iran’ mentioned in the song The Astronomer.
The House of Usher context
involves Usher (Dave), Lady Usher (Gelsey), their daughter Roxie (Brittain),
and their son, who has no name directly mentioned in the show but is called The
Fool (Brent). Roxie is occasionally possessed by Rose Red, who describes herself
as a starchild to Roxie and describes the spiritual realm to her. Usher and
Lady Usher believe Rose is her imaginary friend, and the things she says about
Rose concern them, so they encourage her to ‘put her away’ but she never does.
Teenaged Roxie has an affair with a reincarnation of The Astronomer, and gives birth
to a Rose incarnation, who is Starchild, and has spiritual/magical abilities
due to Rose Red’s influence. Rose Red steals the child for the secret baptism,
and Roxie falls ill. After her death, The Fool leaves, and has descendants that
eventually own the camera shop. Rose Red returns to possess Roxie’s body, but
finds her dead, and so kills Lady Usher.
The modern context involves
two Pearl incarnations – the camera shop owner and The Victim (both Gelsey), The
Photographer (Brittain), The Driver (Dave) and The Pusher (Brent). The Victim
plays a game on her phone involving a soldier fighting a bear, and when she
strikes the bear, The Pusher is overcome and pushes The Victim from the
platform into the path of The Driver’s train. Rose Red possesses The
Photographer in this moment and takes the photo of a ghost. She then leaves
her, and disgusted, The Photographer throws her camera to the ground and breaks
She goes the camera shop, where she meets the owner, who
tells her the story of Rose and Pearl, and gives her the new camera. The owner
also gives The Photographer the number of The Driver. The two meet and eventually
have two daughters.
Starchild is a
Rose incarnation who sort of lives beyond time as a spiritual entity, and is
generally pretty confused about what she is and what she can do.
Ghost Quartet also involves a number of songs which aren’t
specific to any of the particular contexts (I Don’t Know, Any Kind Of Dead
Person, Four Friends, Prayer, Hero, and Midnight), which take place in a
spiritual realm outside these physical contexts. These songs follow the souls/ghosts
of the characters exploring and coming to understand their experiences in all
their reincarnations, as well as further developing the non-linear way the
stories are told.
79 year old lovely legend Rosemary Smith smashes it round in a Renault F1 ! Directors : Michel + Nico DOP : fredrik backar/luke Scully editor : matt newman Produced by Believe media UK Exec Producer : James Covill Producer : Rob Leonard Agency : Publicis UK ECD Dave Monk CD Dave Sullivan TV prod Colin hickson