David Knight - 10th May 2021

WIZ reunites with longtime collaborator Will Young for the first part of a short film, heralding the singer's latest project, an album of cover versions. And once again, director and artist explore interesting dramatic territory for Young's intriguing take on Bat For Lashes' Daniel.

Young plays an ageing theatre actor - a character in sad decline, desperately clinging to his dignity. As he has demonstrated in various other videos down the years, directed by WIZ and others, the singer demonstrates a real capacity to inhabit a role and express vulnerability, and here he plays this flawed character with real pathos.

"The Daniel video is the first of two to be derived from Just Like That, a short film featuring Will," explains WIZ - aka Andrew Whiston. "The theme is addiction - addiction to performance. How there’s no escaping it, despite all the damage it may bring. It always pulls you back, as seemingly the only fulfilment lies in the ephemeral thrill of the stage. Also, it was shot By Robbie Ryan, which is pretty insane!"

With muted cinematography and in-camera effects by Ryan - the DoP renowned for his work with Ken Loach and Andrea Arnold - WIZ keeps focussed on Young's characterisation throughout, prefaced by narrative context. It's on a smaller scale than the epic cinematic drama they created together for All Time Love some years ago, but arguably this is WIZ and Will Young's most courageous collaboration yet.

PRO Credits

Credits

DirectorWIZ
ProducerCait Lyn Adamson
Production CompanyMy Accomplice
Executive ProducerRichard Grewe
Production ManagerAlisa Tritenko
1st ADChris Kelly
Director of PhotographyRobbie Ryan
Focus PullerMia Castles
2nd ACRory Power
Art DirectorCharlie Hippisley
WardrobeStevi Jelbart
Hair & Make-upTracy Ejuetami
EditorJacques Simon
Editing companyTrim Editing
ColouristRichard Fearon
Grading companyBlack Kite
Director's RepresentationAlexa Haywood at Free Agent UK
LabelCooking Vinyl
Film LaboratoryCinelab Film and Digital
Other credits2nd AD: Callum Tom Art Department Assistant: Lucy Ashmore BTS: Chloe Battant Catering: Mark Sands Minibus: Bubsy Mooney

David Knight - 10th May 2021

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