Ed Sheeran 'Castle On The Hill' by George Belfield

Ed Sheeran 'Castle On The Hill' by George BelfieldEd Sheeran 'Castle On The Hill' by George Belfield

Ed Sheeran gets nostalgic in the video for 'Castle On The Hill' by George Belfield.

Casting a cinematic gaze back on Sheeran's formative teenage years, the video is a sometimes-sombre, nostalgic look at English small town living. Allowing the restrained, social-realist 'nothing-happens-yet-everything-happens' narrative to guide the film, we watch a young Ed and his pals just try and kill time in the countryside.

Disappointing house parties, dilapidated ruins, and awkward first kisses make up most of the onscreen action. With some great compositions from DoP Steve Annis really helping to highlight the young ensemble's group struggle to find something to fill up the day.

From the director

GEORGE BELFIELD:

"I wanted to make a video about young people that wasn’t urban and hard-edged. It's about friendship and boredom in small-town England.

"We street-cast young Ed and most of his pals from real Ed’s old school and filmed around the areas he used to hang out. It’s been amazing to collaborate with him on it, and to work with Dan Curwin again, who commissioned the Kwabs video I made a couple of years ago."

Credits

Director
George Belfield
Executive Producer
Hannah Turnbull-Walter
Producer
Tom Gardner
Production Manager
Marketa Husecka
Production Assistant
Francesca Resteghini
Director of Photography
Steve Annis
Steadicam
Thomas English
Focus Puller
Eira Wyn Jones
Loader
Matt Farrant
Loader
Johnny Lewis
Editor
Thomas Grove Carter
Colourist
Simon Bourne
Location Manager
Rachael Aldridge
Location Manager
Lucinda Spurrier
Location Assistant
Sarah Edwards
1st Assistant Director
Hayley Williams
2ns Assistant Director
Danny Groombridge
Runners
Charlie Dennis, Ivo Garland, Clara Stewart, Reece Lynch
Camera Trainee
Milo Brown
Grip
Bertie Wood
Grip
Llwellyn Harrison
Gaffer
Colin Thwiates
Electrician
Alex Gibbon
Electrician
Nick Clarke
Genny Op
Euan Maddrell
Art Director
Ollie Hogan
Art Assistant
Philipp von Frankenberg
Art Dept Assistant
Harrl Smith
SFX
Richard Curtis
Costume Designer
Verity May Lane
Costume Assistant
Connie Rose
Hair & Make Up Artist
Natasha Lawes
Hair & Make Up Assistant
Kate O'Shea

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