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."

PRO Credits

Credits

DirectorDavis Silis
ProducerRob Jelley
Executive ProducerHannah Gracie
1st ADKerry Green
Director of PhotographyJames Blann
Focus PullerMichael Hobdell
2nd ACJomar O'Meally
GafferHugh Donnelly
SteadicamEmilio Schlappi
Production AssistantJake Flowers
RunnerDanny Mounsey
RunnerZac Moss
Art DirectorJoe Fitz-gerald
WardrobeColine Bach
Hair & Make-upChloe Edwards
ChoreographerAlexandra Green
EditorSarah Peczek
ColouristMarty McMullan
Grading companyRushes
CommissionerNatalia Maus
LabelIsland

Cat Velez - 28th May 2015

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