David Knight - 21st Apr 2017

Veteran rock 'n roll rebel Peter Perrett's lacerating critique-cum-love letter addressed to the USA now has a great visual accompaniment directed by Focus Creeps which revels in its old school video aesthetic.

Shot on 16mm, bursting with colour, and with the Perrett performance in East London supplemented by the judicious use of stock footage, How The West Was Won has the weight and the gorgeous look of a Nineties video by Peter Care made on fifty times the budget. 

In a way this seems an unlikely approach for Perrett, with his ghoulish look and leery vocals, but it works a treat. There's great work here by a crew including DoP Nick Morris, editor Megan Thorne, and colourist Joseph Bicknell, in a video that displays the collective effort of videomaking on its sleeve. But the biggest props go to Focus Creeps for the bold vision.

Credits

DirectorFocus Creeps
ProducerAaron Z. Willson
Production CompanyFRIEND
Executive ProducerLuke Tierney
Director of PhotographyNick Morris
Focus PullerRalph Messer
EditorMeg Thorne
Editing companyCut+Run
ProducerCallum Harrison
ColouristJoseph Bicknell
Grading companyCHEAT
CommissionerBart McDonagh
LabelDomino
Other creditsClapper/Loader: Matt Farrant Gaffer: Ben Manwaring Runner: Spike Morris

David Knight - 21st Apr 2017

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