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Watch: Video For Coldplay's 'Charlie Brown' Directed By 'Road To Guantanamo' Helmer Mat Whitecross

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist February 3, 2012 at 9:19AM

Coldplay seem to be secret movie fans to some degree. Their new album Mylo Xyloto was apparently originally going to be the soundtrack to a movie they were writing, but never finished. And you might have forgotten, but last spring the band got into the film production game, co-finacing the film "Ashes" starring Jim Sturgess, Ray Winstone and Lesley Manville. That film has at the helm "Road To Guantanamo" co-director and Ian Dury biopic "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" helmer Mat Whitecross -- and he's been with with Chris Martin and the boys since day one. Whitecross was behind their first video "Bigger Stronger" and while the group have dabbled with other filmmakers over the years -- Anton Corbijn, Shynola, Grant Gee, Sophie Muller -- Mat has become a regular collaborator.
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Coldplay Mat Whitecross

Coldplay seem to be secret movie fans to some degree. Their new album Mylo Xyloto was apparently originally going to be the soundtrack to a movie they were writing, but never finished. And you might have forgotten, but last spring the band got into the film production game, co-finacing the film "Ashes" starring Jim Sturgess, Ray Winstone and Lesley Manville. That film has at the helm "Road To Guantanamo" co-director and Ian Dury biopic "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" helmer Mat Whitecross -- and he's been with with Chris Martin and the boys since day one. Whitecross was behind their first video "Bigger Stronger" and while the group have dabbled with other filmmakers over the years -- Anton Corbijn, Shynola, Grant Gee, Sophie Muller -- Mat has become a regular collaborator.

The band have dropped "Charlie Brown," another single and video from the album, directed by Whitecross. But little did we know, Whitecross has been on a steady run with the boys, helming their last few videos as well from Mylo Xyloto including "Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall" and "Paradise" as well as the band's holiday trifle "Christmas Lights." Frankly, not a bad gig if you can get it. And in keeping with Coldplay's celebration-of-life motif that seems to be the driving force behind the disc, this spot finds the band in the midst of a rave while two young lovers set off fireworks and get into the kind of late night hijinx we're generally too old to do ourselves anymore.

Anyway, check it out below and get ready for the weekend. [via Prefix]

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