David Knight - 29th Nov 2018

In this director's cut of Courtney Phillips's video for Dermot Kennedy, you get the full force of an absorbing story of courage and determination, set in the heart of Havana, Cuba.

It's all about a girl boxer who wants to be the best - not just among her fellow females, but against the boys too. Her motivation is utterly believable - we see her homelife, where she and her younger sister have no mother figure to defend them against a father who oozes malevolence. She needs to somehow escape.

This comes with the context of Cuba itself. It has that unique character that makes it so good on film - and it's never looked more richly atmospheric, thanks to brilliant work by the DoP David Procter. But the appraoch, combining drama and documentary, is also revealing about the true hardship under which people live. Havana may be beautiful, but as Phillips' excellent video shows, it's also an extremely tough place.

Watch 'Dermot Kennedy 'Power Over Me' by Courtney Phillips' here

Credits

Post production companyVelem
DirectorCourtney Phillips
Production CompanyLondon Alley
Executive ProducerJess Bell
Director of PhotographyDavid Procter
EditorJoe Walton
EditorJohn Holloway
ColouristHoumam Abdallah
ProducerHarvey Ascott
Post production companyCabin Edit
Post ProducerRemy Foxx
Post ProducerHilary Coy
Director's RepresentationOB Management
CommissionerGuillermo Ramos
CommissionerHanan Cher
CommissionerEmily Ann Sonnet
Other creditsSound Design: Martin Leitner Sound Design Producer: Beth Tomblin & Jack SedgwickService Production Company: Island Films Service Exec: Nelson Navarro

David Knight - 29th Nov 2018

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