Chart topping star singer helps La Trobe (Issue 10, 2012)

Gotye

GotyeTwo years ago La Trobe students could not suspect when they recorded their Lipdub video to the tune ‘Learnalilgivinanlovin‘ – kindly donated by Melbourne singer-songwriter Gotye – that his work would soon top charts world-wide.

It was the era of the ‘flash mob’ YouTube phenomenon, and Student Theatre and Film director Bob Pavlich says not only did Gotye donate the use of the song free of charge, he also re-mastered an extended version for the La Trobe student production.

The clip became the first Lipdub on YouTube, a single-take flash mob style video, produced by an Australian University. The link with Gotye, says Mr Pavlich, came through a student who was a friend of the singer.

The La Trobe clip has since been watched 22 000 times world-wide – and as an extended version of the original song Mr Pavlich expects an even greater audience after Gotye’s recent phenomenal success.

A highly-charged celebration of extra-curricular life on La Trobe’s Melbourne campus, more than a hundred local and international students and staff took part in the production.

With extravagantly dressed students from India, Malaysia, Mexico, Indonesia, and Sweden acting as dancers, drummers and green painted men, the clip symbolises themes from La Trobe’s almost 40 year-long history. Background scenery highlights the campus stream, the outdoor Greek-style Moat Theatre, the Student Union and Eagle Bar.

You can see the Lipdub clip here.