Cat Velez - 24th July 2015

Alex Southam's engrossing video for Mumford & Sons' Ditmas follows a native Cossack breaking a horse set against the gorgeous rural landscape.

Shot on location in the Ukraine, it's the first half of a two-part story – the second half will be released soon – and as Southam explains below their horse-breaker, Evgeniy Krutov, was most certainly the real deal.


"The character in the video - who's name is Evgeniy - is a genuine Cossack raised within a Cossack community. Part of his work now is to break and train horses, so was the perfect subject for our film.

"Whilst the shoot was pretty brutal and unforgiving - particularly for our hero - we captured something really special, no more so than the moments in the final third of the video where our hero finally becomes one with the horse."

PRO Credits


DirectorAlex Southam
ProducerMark Gibbons
Production ServicesRadioaktive Film
Executive ProducerJess Bell (uk) Darko Skulsky (kiev)
Production ManagerOlenka Avrahova (kiev)
1st ADSimon Ashen
Director of PhotographyChris Clarke
Director of PhotographyMatthew Emvin Taylor
Focus PullerRalph Messer (uk)
GafferHoward Davidson (uk)
Art DirectorGuy Thompson
WardrobeValik Bren (kiev)
Make-upAnya Lisevich (kiev)
EditorChris Roebuck
Editing companyCut+Run
DITJoe Jamieson
ColouristHoumam Abdallah
Grading companyElectric Theatre Collective
Lead actorEvgeniy Krutov
Director's RepresentationOB Management
CommissionerMike Mooney
GripMark Morley
Camera AssistantDarren Ladbury
Camera AssistantDarren Ladbury
Art Department AssistantFreya Cardiff
Service ProducerOle Yakoleva
Other creditsCamera And Lights: Leo Sidor (Kiev)

Cat Velez - 24th July 2015

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