David Knight - 18th June 2013

Nadine Shah's very atmospheric, almost Jeff Buckleyesque vocal on To Be A Young Man prompts quite an unlikely visual treatment by Matt Cummins - but it works. 

Nadine plays a barmaid in a pub where a woozy reality establishes itself, when a decidedly old man (played by Peter Thomas) enters the premises, and his old lady unveils a jar filled with locusts, and then one becomes human. In other words, just the stuff that can happen when the whiskey starts flowing – in this case, at the Queen's Head in Brixton. 

And apparently Matt didn't need to create a party atmosphere - it was already in full swing when he and DP Ben Scott (who does excellent work here) turned up at the pub on the morning of the shoot. 

Matt Cummins:

"Me and my DP pitched up at the location at 6am with all our kit and props to find the party still going from the night before and it continued thus throughout the day as we shot amidst the chaos. 

"Nadine's track inspired thoughts on the voracious appetites of youth and so we unleashed a plague of locusts on Brixton as the slow creep of gentrification continues, wreaking yuppie havoc. The old man, Peter, was in a favourite film of mine from the 1960s called Witchfinder General, and put in a sterling performance as his character is confronted with the devastating truth that such urges are no longer so easily quenched."

Credits

Camera operatorChris Hill
DirectorMatt Cummins
Director of PhotographyBen Scott
EditorBen Scott
Art DirectorJessica Martin
Camera operatorAndy Hui
ProducerMatt Cummins
Make-upEmily Bilverstone
Model makerJess Linares
Lead actorPeter Thomas, , Fluffy Smiff, Ricky Shah & Patrick Lyons
Special ThanksSimon Tickner at the Queen's Head
LabelRough Trade

David Knight - 18th June 2013

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