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Speech Debelle 'Terms & Conditions' by Ed Sayers

David Knight - 24th May 2016

Ed Sayers' film for Speech Debelle's song Terms & Conditions is an unusual hybrid between short drama with elements of documentary and a proper music video with a heavy theatrical slant. The latter aspect is not surprising as it was made in association with the legendary Royal Court Theatre.

British hip-hop artist and poet Debelle meets with actress Georgina Campbell (Murdered By My Boyfriend), who ushers her through a secret door into the Royal Court itself, for a session of improvised workshopping, which morphs into Speech Debelle's real one-off show at the theatre last summer.

The song itself explores toxic relationships, and Speech Debelle explains that in the film Georgina Campbell performs the role of her alter-ego. And this works because the singer and the actress have a palpable onscreen chemistry.

"We go back and forth like tennis and, although it’s another person, it’s really reflecting a relationship I had with myself," says Debelle. "Ed came up with the idea of us mirroring, which features throughout the video. We wanted it to be as though you can’t tell what’s reality and what’s fantasy."

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Ed Sayers
Producer
Chanse Fyffe
Production Company
Seven Productions
Executive Producer
Ed Sayers / Lucy Davies / Speech Debelle / Eben Bolter
1st AD
Dani Castro

Camera

Director of Photography
Eben Bolter
Focus Puller
AJ Golesworthy
2nd AC
Russel Torode

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
Aaron Walters

Art

Art Director
Agnieszka Debska

Wardrobe

Wardrobe
Emma Slade
Make-up
Alexa Seabourne

Editorial

Editor
Paul Moth
Editing company

Grading

Colourist
Paul Harrison
Colour grade company
Finish

VFX

VFX
Rob Sheridan
Post production company
Finish
Post Producer
Vittoria Giannini

Agent

Director's Representation
Seven Productions

Misc

Sound design
Fred Pearson

Other credits

Casting And Theatre Staff And Tech Courtesy Of The Royal Court Theatre.

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Stage Manager

Sophie Rubinstein

Lighting Designer

Tim Mitchell

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