David Knight - 4th Mar 2013

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. 

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."

Credits

DirectorNicolas Davenel
Executive ProducerAnna Roudaut
Production CompanyHK Corp

David Knight - 4th Mar 2013

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