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David Knight - 22nd Nov 2017

William Kennedy has made a breakthrough video for Hercules & Love Affair’s Rejoice, celebrating the envelope-pushing end of drag by following Cybersissy and BaybeJane on tour in Europe, and also having H&LA's Andy Butler appearing in one of his own videos for the first time, with guest vocalist Rouge Mary.

"After six years of us never appearing in a Hercules and Love Affair video (more by accident than design), I wanted us to appear in the video for Rejoice," explains Butler. "Rouge Mary is such a ferocious performer so it was kind of a no brainer. We had to capture that energy in this video. As a foil to Rouge’s performance, Will Kennedy wanted to capture some of the club community around us, some that embody the essence of the message of the song.

"Will has a great mixed media style and a documentary angle in his work. Rouge and I felt that two boundary-pushing drag performers, who we love so much, Cybersissy and BaybeJane would fit the bill perfectly. They have triumphed in the face of much adversity in their lives, and channel that triumphant and joyful spirit into brilliant otherworldly characters that they bring into the nightclub. I am so happy with what Will has captured and put together. It is bursting with colour annd conveys Cybersissy and BaybeJane’s boundless creativity and beautiful spirits.”

WILLIAM KENNEDY:

“It was a rare privilege to work on this video with such talented, boundary-pushing artists. Andy and Rouge delivered standout performances, both fierce and tender, that truly captured the spirit of the song. To compliment the performance footage, Andy and I ventured to Holland and Germany with Cybersissy and BaybJane – two of the most wonderful and inspiring individuals I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet. Their creativity and their lust for life was infectious. They embodied everything we set out to convey with this video. It was a joy to work on.”

Credits

DirectorWilliam Kennedy
ProducerMike Jones
Production CompanyCaviar
Executive ProducerKatie Dolan
Art DirectorElizabeth El-Kadhi Brown
Director of PhotographyDavid Wright
PropsFrederick Fuller
Hair & Make-upGrace Oni Smith
StylistTahi Guy
EditorWilliam Kennedy
ColouristCaroline Morin
Grading companyCHEAT
CommissionerJohn Hassay
LabelSkint/BMG

David Knight - 22nd Nov 2017

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