Jimmy Brown - 17th Jan 2014

For Tom The Lion's beautiful ballad Sleep, director Tim Walker shoots Tom and model Lily McBride largely underwater, capturing the serene and rolling atmospherics of the soundtrack to brilliant effect.

Tim Walker:

"A creative collaboration with underwater specialist and fine artist Emma Critchley, the film in its essence is a simple visual metaphor for the end of a relationship. 

"Having recently signed to Decca, Tom and the commissioner James approached me with a loose brief that they felt the track and album had an inky, watery feel. My thoughts turned immediately to the idea of collaborating with Emma, an artist who's work I've admired since our paths had crossed a couple of years earlier. 

"Shot on a combination of FS700 and Phantom the piece was filmed in three stages. The main night shoot included the install of a large outdoor temporary pool and scaffold rigging structure behind the Westbound studio on a farm out in Sussex.

"It was certainly an arduous process for all involved but I hope the result is a good fit for the track."


DirectorTim Walker
Production CompanyWestbound
Creative DirectorEmma Critchley
Director of PhotographyEmma Critchley
2nd Unit DoPBen Marshall
Lead actorLily McBride
EditorTim Walker
ColouristToby Tomkins
LabelDecca Records
CommissionerJames Scroggs
LabelUniversal Records

Jimmy Brown - 17th Jan 2014

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