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David Knight - 3rd Aug 2017

Mick Jagger's scathing response to Brexit has inspired a compelling, quietly furious video by Saam Farahmand.

While Jagger uses a sporting metaphor in England Lost to make his point about the country's slide into global irrelevance, Farahmand takes the metaphor in another more cinematic direction.

Luke Evans plays the man from the Ministry, with '50s suit and impeccable old-world manners, who senses the need to rebel. And so he runs - not only from the city, but apparently out of his own time. Colliding into signs of a far more modern world feeds his paranoia and the desire to escape. But ultimately, and in classic fashion, he is marooned. 

Farahmand's surreal nightmare vision, laced with humour, reflects Jagger's own beginnings in the mid-20th century - the age of George Orwell, post-war paranoia, old school espionage. And also the brilliant 60s TV show The Prisoner, where the hero was imprisoned in the Village, and the border of his world was the beach. Here the Village is just a little bit bigger.  

Credits

DirectorSaam Farahmand
ProducerAmber Millington
Production CompanyBlack Sheep Studios
Executive ProducerSemera Khan
Production ManagerMavreen Brown
1st ADEd Bellamy
Director of PhotographySteve Annis
Focus PullerEira Wyn Jones
2nd ACJenny Chuan
GafferAlex Gibbon
Art DirectorChloe Brady
WardrobeEmily-rose Yiaxis
Make-upLisa Mustafa
EditorDavid Stevens
Editing companyThe Assembly Rooms
ColouristSeamus O'Kane
Grading companyThe Mill
Post production companyThe Mill
Post ProducerThom Godsill
VFXStefan Susemihl
Executive ProducerAnthony Austin
CommissionerSemera Khan
LabelPolydor
Executive ProducerDan Keefe
Lead actorLuke Evans
Other creditsSound Recordist: Robin Green Stunt Performer: Dacio Caballero Cast: Helena Bullen, Flynn Chester, Charles Gillies, Maceo Bhardwaj, Jesse Ayertey, Ray Mccallan, Pelham Elliott Additional Cast: Ruby Prendergast, Roshni Rathore, Lynsey Balloch, Sam Chapman, Christopher Pan, Norryk Jackson, Samuel Scott

David Knight - 3rd Aug 2017

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