David Knight - 26th Oct 2011

Directing duo Ben + Lewis explore the dialectic of hedonism and hard knocks at the heart of Crystal Fighters' Champion Sound with their new video.

Luke Treadaway (Killing Bono, Attack the Block and Clash of the Titans) plays the concertina-playing busker who's lured by revellers - and particularly the luminous Georgina Bevan - onto a surreal journey towards self-realisation.

Employing a challenging number of locations, cast members and sumptuous styling - with Vivienne Westwood providing clothing throughout - this ambitious production (through Soho-based Saloon Films) is a visual feast - and the band themselves pop up as the extravagantly dressed pied pipers of the pleasure dome.

"This is a cinematic narrative-driven piece, which was developed conceptually to reflect the spirit of Crystal Fighters," explain Ben and Lewis. "The film was a journey for everyone involved. The track was inspiring, as was the commitment of everyone involved in the making of the film. We somehow managed to pull off a huge scale shoot over just two days."

Credits

GafferIan Barwick
DirectorBen Strebel
Art DirectorBen Lack
StylistShiobhan Lyons
Make-upPoppy France
EditorMyles Painter
SoundMichael Floyd
ColouristHoumam Abdallah
Casting directorLeo Beamish & Chandra Ruegg
Production ManagerJoey Seager
Production AssistantFrankie Chambers
Production CompanySaloon Films
Focus PullerBen Plant
GripKevin Foy
DITSimon Frost
1st ADBoris Becker
2nd ADLouis Barron
Assistant Art DirectorMark Couzens
Artist managementGiant Men Management
GafferBruno Martins
Grading companyThe Mill London
DirectorLewis Kyle White

David Knight - 26th Oct 2011

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