Rob Ulitski - 17th Mar 2021

Greg Barth explores the irony of growing up in the modern world, in his spectacular video for Purple Disco Machine's Fireworks. 

Depicted as a dance battle between Gen Z and a group of Boomers, the video alludes to many crises that face the human race today; climate change, the use of fossil fuels and overconsumption being just a few examples. 

And whilst the Gen Z pack start off with their own minds, fighting against these injustices, they are soon twisted and distorted into an older way of thinking - leaving a planet in the midst of destruction, exploding and crumbling as the glossy dance number comes to its crescendo. 

Thought-provoking work with an accessible and unique twist.

GREG BARTH:

It got me thinking about postwar baby boomers singing these words as kids, but messing up the planet as they aged. 

"The first time I heard the track I knew straight away that this was going to be an amazing project. The track is filled with dreams and positivity, and after what seems like an eternal lockdown, there suddenly was light at the end of the tunnel.

"However when I heard the chorus - sung by children imagining dreams of better days and tomorrows - there was a bittersweetness to this call for change: every generation wants the same thing, yet the world these generations shape as they grow up has gotten more and more industrialised and polluted.

"It got me thinking about the post-war baby boomer generation singing these words as kids, but messing up the planet as they aged. 'Better days and tomorrows' for them was linked to comforts and privileges, but the same words for today's generation speak more for healing and safeguarding our planet, so there was an interesting contrast to play with here.

"With climate change and generational miscommunication thrown in the mix, I wanted to craft a musical a la West Side Story, except where two generations oppose each other over what "Better Days and tomorrows" could symbolise.

"Ultimately, the Gen-Z get corrupted by the privileges and comforts the baby boomers advertise, leading to a dying planet that continues to be ignored, in a bittersweet finale that is as sad in theory as it is glorious to watch. A subversive ending that hammers home the ironic tone concealed under the films' joyous surface.

"Making this definitely was an ambitious undertaking, with a large group of dancers and a tight choreography that had to be created in a matter of days. Poland was the perfect place for us to undertake this project, with such a vibrant dance culture and great locations.

"The Gen-Z and Baby Boomers are seen through the eyes of a millennial (me), hence the anachronistic world the film is set in. The Warriors, Michael Jackson's Bad and Escape from New York were key to drench this world in the proper late 70' early 80's vibe, and it was a blast making sure our set, props, hair and styling could fulfil this vision.

"It was such a thrill bringing this ambitious idea to life, and I couldn’t be prouder of our crew and the final film."

PRO Credits

Credits

DirectorGreg Barth
ProducerGhandi El-Chamaa
Production CompanyCommon People Films
Executive ProducerRamy Dance
Executive ProducerTony Roberts
Creative DirectorMatthias Klein
Production ServicesLucky Luciano Pictures
Line ProducerMarcin Nowak
1st ADMichal Piss
Film LaboratoryCinelab London
Director of PhotographyMichał Sobociński
GafferMarek Modzelewski
Art DirectorJerzy Włodarczyk
Costume designerMarcin Koszek
Hair & Make-upAndrzej Bierut
ChoreographerAdam Beta
EditorNick Armstrong
Editing companyTenThree
ColouristConnor Coolbear
Grade ProducerOliver Whitworth
Grading companyElectric Theatre Collective
VFXGreg Barth
Director's RepresentationLas Bandas Be Brave
Other creditsSparks: Michał Janowski, Jan Wojtczak, Dariusz Kuc, Michał Mańkowski, Maciej Sawicki Camera Operators: Tomasz Książek, Klaudiusz Warszewski Focus Pullers: Tomasz Czerwiński, Przemek Gabrielski Camera Technician: Michał Siudziński, Piotr Bożyczko DIT: Marek Michalak Dolly Grip: Mariusz Drążyk, Marcin Cybula Crane: Marek Rolka, Szymon Polak, Marcin Skoś Playback: Bartek Szemis Stage Hands: Piotr Włodarczyk, Tomasz Malinowski Choreographer's Assistant: Ernestina Papazyan Cast (Boomers): Włodek Kołobycz, Jacek Suchecki, Rafał Wiewióra, Kristòf Szabò, Filip Dudkiewicz, Hoang Viet Do, Marek Bratkowski, Jakub Jóźwiak, Bruno Duarte Cast (Gen-Z): Alan Piotrowski, Ana Kaiser, Chelsea Jordan, Tomasz Kuliś, Milton Vicente, Jan Bzdawka Production Coordinator: Nicolas Kusiak Production Assistant: Jan Konstantopulos  Camp: Sebastian Żakowski Special Thanks To: Film Out Process, Aarti Mahtani @cinelabLondon VO Artist: Aaron Abeytia

Rob Ulitski - 17th Mar 2021

Related Content

video

Easy Life 'Nice Guys' by Greg Barth

Greg Barth's has smuggled humour and satire into his bright and colourful pop videos for Easy Life, and this one for Nice Guys is their wildest and zaniest collaboration …

Promonews - 6th Dec 2019

video

Rone ft Noga Erez 'Wave' by Greg Barth

Artist and filmmaker Greg Barth explores intimacy in an increasingly digitized world in this thought-provoking music video for French electronic producer, Rone.  Concepts of virtual sex …

Promonews - 5th June 2018

news

Greg Barth joins Friends Electric

Greg Barth, the Swiss-born, UK-based artist and director, has joined Friends Electric - the London & LA-based creative studio and sister company to Electric Theatre Collective. 

Promonews - 4th Feb 2020

video

Easy Life 'Sunday' by Greg Barth

Murray from Easy Life and his friend take to their bed for a mammoth lie-in - a bit like John and Yoko's but more private - in Greg Barth's video for the groovesome Sunday.

Promonews - 31st May 2019

Latest News