Watch: David Turpin's 'The Hotel'


The video for the single, ‘The Hotel’ from gay singer/songwriter The Late David Turpin’s critically acclaimed album We Belong Dead, is inspired 1970s arthouse films. We’re a bit baffled, but it’s undeniably beautiful.


Made in collaboration with photographer/editor Killian Broderick and starring siblings Julie Shanley and Jack Shanley (as well as Turpin and his own brother), ‘The Hotel’ was shot on location in the Wicklow mountains and in the atmospheric Bray Head Hotel.

Partially inspired by esoteric fantasies of the mid-1970s including John Boorman’s Zardoz (1974) and Louis Malle’s Black Moon (1975), the video for ‘The Hotel’ is purposely ambiguous, collapsing the distinction between interior and exterior, and one body and another.

Turpin says “I really like films and videos that aren’t about one specific thing, but that are suggestive of multiple things they might be about. Rather than telling a story, I wanted our video to suggest many possible stories, both in itself and in relation to the two previous videos taken from the album”.

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