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Javeon 'Give Up' by Ben Strebel

David Knight - 21st Jan 2014

His follow-up to the video for Javeon McCarthy's Lovesong – and the second of five planned films, sees Ben Strebel conjure another fine gritty mini-drama for Javeon's Give Up.

Set in the kitchen of a transport café it explores the fraught relationship of a roguish, immature male trainee chef and his harrassed female superior. It's highly charged, multi-layered, believable - in a seriously unglamourous setting - with excellent performances by Josef Altin and Sarah Smart. And Javeon provides authentic audio texture, on the kitchen radio...

 

Ben Strebel:

"The idea stems from a conversation I had with Javeon after our first collaboration, Lovesong. We both loved the idea of juxtaposing Katy's epic escape from her wedding and the new setting of a grimy roadside cafe. It seemed like an unexpected start to her new life after the traumatic experience in Lovesong.

"There are three more to come that make up the Javeon quintology. Give Up is slightly separate to the rest of them. It’s more of a self-contained narrative on the side. I wanted to create a simple, intimate story surrounding two characters that exist in the same world that Katy inhabits. A moment in time in a sticky, hot, sweaty kitchen."

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David Knight - 21st Jan 2014

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Ben Strebel
Producer
Adam Farley
Co-Producer
Giles Maunsell
Production Company
Executive Producer
Tash Tan
Production Manager
Sarah Aranda-Garzon
1st AD
Jim Imber

Camera

Director of Photography
Ben Todd
Steadicam
Andrew Fletcher

Art

Production designer
Kate Evenden

Wardrobe

Stylist
Sara Sensoy

Editorial

Editor
St.John O'Rorke

Grading

Colourist
Houmam Abdallah
Colour grade company

Commission

Commissioner
Caroline Clayton
Label
PMR Records

David Knight - 21st Jan 2014

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