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Aquilo 'Calling Me' by Davis Silis

Cat Velez - 28th May 2015

Davis Silis has delivered a heart-rending video for Aquilo's track Calling Me, about a young man who faces the hardships of being bullied, and also facing rejection in the very place where he feels most comfortable.

With a story that plays out like an older Billy Elliott set in East London, it leads to an empowering and beautiful final sequence, with the boy finding the strength within himself to dismiss the haters in his own way. 

DAVIS SILLIS: 

"The narrative impulse behind Calling Me was immediate. A story familiar to us all. There’s a vulnerability we all face growing up. Grappling with who you are, who you want to become. You're driven by instinct as much as reacting to what’s going on around you. What others think of you. And that’s the battle we’ve all had to fight.

"This video takes a direct perspective. What it’s like to be unsure - of your personality, your creativity, your sexuality, all of it. And the only way through it is to embrace who you are. To not let yourself be defined by what others think of you, but what you yourself believe in. So our protagonist discovers how to disarm the hostility around him; he stays strong, he holds his head high, and finally accepts who he is, even if others can’t. Because it all starts with you."

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Davis Silis
Producer
Rob Jelley
Production Company
Executive Producer
Hannah Gracie
1st AD
Kerry Green

Camera

Director of Photography
James Blann
Focus Puller
Michael Hobdell
2nd AC
Jomar O'Meally
Steadicam
Emilio Schlappi

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
Hugh Donnelly

Art

Art Director
Joe Fitz-gerald

Wardrobe

Wardrobe
Coline Bach
Hair & Make-up
Chloe Edwards

Choreography

Choreographer
Alexandra Green

Editorial

Editor
Sarah Peczek

Grading

Colourist
Marty McMullan
Colour grade company
Rushes

Agent

Director's Representation

Commission

Commissioner
Natalia Maus
Label
Island

Misc

Production Assistant
Jake Flowers
Runner
Danny Mounsey
Runner
Zac Moss

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