Birdy Nam Nam 'Defiant Order' by Nicolas Davenel

Birdy Nam Nam 'Defiant Order' by Nicolas DavenelBirdy Nam Nam 'Defiant Order' by Nicolas DavenelBirdy Nam Nam 'Defiant Order' by Nicolas Davenel
  • By David Knight
  • Posted On
  • Comments Comment(s)

This marvellous video for Birdy Nam Nam's Defiant Order by Nicolas Davenel explores the world of suburban stunt bikers, with some superb footage captured on the roads around Paris - where wheelies is just the start and standing up while riding on one wheel is de rigeur. And the suggestion is that greatest rider of the lot is a girl...

The motorbike theme is perfect for Birdy Nam Nam's trademark mechanistic sound - but Nicolas also skilfully weaves in the human element. 

From the director

Nicolas Davenel:  "For me the title 'Defiant Order', had something to do with the idea of a clan, a transgressive community. This music video is an homage to the bikers who grow up in suburbs, away from the traditional Hell's Angels type of motorcycle club. People who live for free rides and motorcycle stunts, doing wheelies at high speed on freeways, burning tyres in industrial zones and parking lots.

"The promo was shot in a Parisian suburb, under an unexpected and quite rare snowfall - so thanks to local bikers who opened their doors and let us shoot in their houses and private spots. The film shows a slice of life in this community in both fictional and documentary ways.

"The idea was to reinterpret those codes, the wheeling - emblematic of this discipline - and turn it into an aesthetic. The motorcycle stunts are becoming choreographic, almost like a dance, creating unexpected poetry."


Nicolas Davenel
Executive Producer
Anna Roudaut
Production Company
HK CorpHK Corp website

Change or add info to this page.


  • Good Egg
  • Gas&Electric
  • My Accomplice
  • The Sweet Shop
  • Stink
  • EPiK Music Videos
  • East London Studios
  • Canada London
  • BLVD Industries
  • Wanda Productions
  • Friend
  • London Alley UK
  • Lock It In
  • Thomas English
  • Bears Calling
  • Radar Music Videos
  • Burning Reel
  • Studio RM
  • Bullion Productions
  • Nice Polite default banner
  • Vision Film Co
  • Manic Butterfly Productions
  • Able & Baker
  • Greatcoat Films
  • Agile Films
  • Speade
  • Squire
  • Prettybird
  • Th1ng/Th2ng
  • Free Agent UK
  • Kode Media
  • Homespun
  • Division
  • Caviar
  • Defunct Films
  • Solab
  • Luti Media
  • OB Management
  • Colonel Blimp
  • Partizan
  • Everything is Okay
  • Doomsday Entertainment
  • Trunk default banner
  • Forever Pictures
  • Blindeye Films
  • Promo News Films
  • Pulse Films
  • A+
  • Somesuch & Co
  • NTSH London
  • The Quarry
  • Chief Productions
  • Las Bandas Be Brave
  • Marisa Garner Associates
  • Riff Raff Films
  • Cut+Run
  • Loose Joints
  • Pod Hire
  • Black Dog Films
  • Okay Studio