David Knight - 4th Feb 2015

BAFTA winning filmmaker Shreepali Patel and top cinematographer Tim Sidell (FKA Twigs, Alt-J) have teamed up with Daisy And The Dark - the creation of singer-songwriter-visual artist, Sarah Kayte Foster, who spent Christmas 2013 in the UK Classical Charts Top 10 with the Mediaeval Baebes before going solo – to create an evocative video for her debut single, the ethereal Waltzing.
 
“Shreepali and I began planning the Waltzing video straight after I’d filmed a live singing session with my former band," expains Sarah. "The session was for a newspaper known for their questionable portrayal of women and I turned up to our meeting still shuddering at one of the cameramen telling me to ‘Look down the lens and imagine all the men watching’. This sparked off a discussion about the portrayal of women in music videos – and the challenge of creating something that’s deeply sensual, without being sexual - where the line between one ends and another begins, and how clearly that line can ever be drawn.”
 
This theme is apparent in the dark, dreamlike video, the camera deftly tracing two bodies in close-up as cinematic light projections crawl under their skin. “We agreed that rooting everything in the story was paramount - no 'skin just for skin’s sake'," says Sarah. "We talked about the sensuality and claustrophobia in the lyrics of the song – which is about an experience in my early twenties - about how two people can end up stretching too far to connect over a long distance, be that geographical or emotional - and how violently vulnerable that feels.”

Director Shreepali adds: ‘I wove the story of Sarah’s song - and our interrogation into the relationship between music and gender politics - into my approach to filming. I was keen to explore projections and their mnemonic quality, particularly on the body, and this led to creating a shoot lit entirely by projections - minimalist, intimate and intense."
 

Credits

DirectorShreepali Patel
ProducerShreepali Patel
ProducerDaisy And The Dark
Production ManagerKim Mai Bates/haley Dean
Director of PhotographyTim Sidell
Focus PullerDavid Powell
2nd ACShona Murray-smith
2nd ACJohn Renney
Art DirectorTim Sidell/Shreepali Patel
Hair & Make-upLuna Viola
EditorAdam Broder/reeta Varpama
ColouristAdam Broder/reeta Varpama
Lead actorMike Burnham
Lead actorSarah Kayte Foster
Director's RepresentationPeter Macfarlane At Macfarlane Chard Associates
Other creditsStills Photographer: Michael Carvill Assistant/Runner: Jamie Denny

David Knight - 4th Feb 2015

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