14 February 2019

The Dating Game 2.0: Denelle & Tom Ellis recreate the iconic 60s TV show

Ultimate Valentine's Day viewing.

Red roses to greet you in Sainsbury’s, tempting meal deal for two offers and an Instagram feed full of elegantly dressed retro couples. It’s Valentine’s Day, y’all – some things never change.

Whether you see it as the most romantic day of the year or just another commercially manufactured holiday, love is on the brain. To mark the occasion, our favourite kooky married couple and photography duo Denelle and Tom Ellis have cooked up a fabulously tongue in cheek film exclusively for HUNGER, based on the iconic television show from the 1960s ‘The Dating Game’.

“The original “Dating Game” was a showcase for gendered stereotypes typical of the era,” Denelle and Tom explain. “Something we wanted to highlight with humour in our version.

“We shot the entire project on VHS and medium format film working with our wonderful set designers Lucy Cooper and Francesco Napolitano and videographer Ruby Brown to create the illusion of a full TV set in our space, Peanut Factory Studio. Sam Beadle made original hair pieces for each cast member and worked closely with makeup artist Wilma Stigson to create three different characters for Tom. We wanted to experiment with what could be done with just one face and make this a male centred beauty story, complete with cheesy game show host played by Daniel Cristofori.”

Check out the full film and photo-series below. Meet the contenders: preppy, mullet and mushroom man…

The Bachelorette

Dress & Top- Beyond Retro Shoes - Melissa X Vivienne Westwood Earrings - Freedom at Topshop

The Host

Suit- Frenn Shirt - Simon Carter Tie - Beyond Retro Shoes - Base London Glasses - Model’s Own

Preppy Guy

Jacket- Scotch & Soda Trousers - Scotch & Soda Top & Socks - Uniqlo Trainers - Nike Grandstand II

Mullet Man

Shirt - Stylist’s Own Trousers - Lee Jeans Shoes - House of Hounds Socks - Uniqlo

Mushroom Man

Shirt - Beyond Retro Tie - Scotch & Soda Cardigan - Edmund Hillary Trousers - Lee Jeans Socks - Uniqlo Shoes - House of hounds

Check out more of the photography duo’s work on Instagram @amarriedcouple

  • Photography + Direction Denelle + Tom Ellis
  • Makeup artist Wilma Stigson using MAC Cosmetics
  • Hair stylist Sam Beadle
  • Styling Billy Tempest-Radford
  • Set Lucy Cooper , Francesco Napolitano
  • Film Ruby Brown
  • Starring Daniel Cristofori (Host);Tom Ellis (Contestants 1, 2, 3); Denelle Ellis (Bachelorette)
  • Special Thanks to Beyond Retro; Fabric PR; Black PR; Peanut Factory Studio

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