Promonews - 4th Jan 2021

As we welcome in the new year, here's a personal perspective of the unprecedented one that has just passed into history, from poet Hussain Manawer, brought to the screen by Jake Polonsky BSC.

A cinematographer who has worked on hit TV show Billions over the past few years, Polonsky returns to shortform - where he made his name as a DoP on music videos in the late Nineties and early Noughties- to direct this visualisation of Manawer's personal account of lockdown, and his strategem to deal with its effect on his mental health.

As the poet reads in a recording studio, a sole dancer begins to perform in a huge, empty space - The Troxy in East London, looking glorious, and prepared for its next live show before an audience, whenever that may be. The dancer works his way through the room, and the neat rows of seats, to make for the stage...

Shot by Haris Zambarloukos BSC, with Polonsky filming other London venues, all designed to serve a specific community - a primary school, a mosque, a synagogue, and various other important live music venues - 2020 Vision was shot on the Fujifilm GFX100 large format camera, and the film was made possible through finance by Fuji as well as support from a variety of bodies, from Time Based Arts and Panalux to the Music Venues Trust and Save Our Venues. 

It certainly serves to show how important those venues are to our collective wellbeing.

PRO Credits


DirectorJake Polonsky
ProducerKat Armour-Brown
Production CompanyFRIEND
Executive ProducerLuke Jacobs
Production ManagerElliott Tagg
1st ADCaswell Coggins
Director of PhotographyHaris Zambarloukos
Director of PhotographyJake Polonsky
Focus PullerDom Cheung
2nd ACJohannes Lohmann
GafferSabrina Corda
ChoreographerMaxine Doyle
DancerWill Thompson
EditorNick Allix
ColouristSimone Grattarola
Grading companyTime Based Arts
CommissionerMarc Cattrall @ Fujifilm
CommissionerAndreas Georghiades @ Fujifilm

Promonews - 4th Jan 2021

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