Cat Velez - 7th Feb 2017

English five-piece Mallory Knox have received an impressively visceral video for Better Off Without You by That Jam. And thanks to the work of DoP Matt Vahey, the video's photographic treatment is remarkably dynamic, suitably dismal in tone and beautifully varied in texture. 

With an aim to "complement the blistering energy of the track," That Jam have created a convulsive piece of work, channeling the songwriter's personal story of emotional instability, confusion, over-medication and difficulty in dealing with chronic depression.

"For many, going to a doctor and speaking about an illness of the mind can be a difficult thing, and can require great courage to accept and admit you no longer have full control of your own thoughts and feelings," the band explained, "to be given a pill and told "see how it goes", or made to wait months to talk for ten minutes to a professional is the reality many face."

With the video, the band have addressed the destructive results of society's 'quick fix' mentality, hoping to spread an awareness of the terrible isolation it can bring to mental health patients.

PRO Credits


DirectorThat Jam
ProducerJack Lightfoot
Production CompanyBlindeye Films
Production ManagerEmily Vincent
1st ADMatthew Hopper
Director of PhotographyMatt Vahey
Focus PullerMatt Farrant
2nd ACAustin Phillips
GafferSteve Hough
Art DirectorLucy Cooper
WardrobeJeanie Annan-Lewin
Make-upDominique Hawkes
EditorThat Jam
Grading companyOkay Studio
VFXTiago Faria
Lead actorSam Harman, Steven Thompson, Anna Stark, Daniel Earl, Jacqueline Rose
Director's RepresentationLock it in
CommissionerDaniel Millar / Dan Harris
Art director's representationUndercranked
SteadicamYiannis Manolopoulos
Other creditsLighting Design: Zeal Lighting Engineer: Jon Trincas Camera Trainee: Callum Lee Art Assistant: Dorothy Graham Art Assistant: Jordan Chandler Data Wrangler: Kyle Rossiter Runner: Rory Power Runner: Kato Murphy

Cat Velez - 7th Feb 2017

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