Radiohead’s music video for Karma Police is one of the MTV Music Video Award nominations for Best Video (That Should Have Won a Moonman). Filmed by Jonathan Glazer and released in August 1997, the film features Thom Yorke alongside Hungarian actor Lajos Kovacs. Glazer was awarded MTV Director of the Year in 1997 in recognition of Karma Police and Jamiroquai’s Virtual Insanity music video.
The Karma Police video begins from the perspective of an unseen driver, looking at the empty back seat of a 1976 Chrysler New Yorker at night. The camera swings back to the front as Thom Yorke’s character slips into the back seat, unseen for now. We travel along a road with nothing to see but the road, grass and bugs attracted by the headlights. The camera alternates from Thom Yorke, almost comatose in the back seat, and a figure on the road, running to avoid being run over. The car stops. A match is lit. The car reverses, revealing a petrol leak and a line of fire.
Karma Police was filmed by director Jonathan Glazer via Academy Films with producer Nick Morris and cinematographer Steve Keith-Roach.