Ned Botwood - 26th June 2019

Askjell serenades a young couple on his piano as they search for each other in a dark, damp void, in Part III of Sophia + Robert's bold visual album.

The six part project, which began earlier this year, is shaping up to be refreshingly avant-garde and a thing of real beauty. There are shades of T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land in its autumnal mood, crumbling world and fragmented, episodic character.

With a young couple acting as guides, we navigate through a shifting landscape of cliffs, pools, bedrooms, sand and shingle. Each instalment has a specific mood and visual character. Autumn, Autumn was a frenetic, anxious introduction to Askjell’s world. To Be Loved was a moment in transition. A daring static shot of the couple waiting for sunrise, clocking in at just under 4 minutes.

Requiem has a distinctly somber, contemplative tone. It also also has a more simple, classical sensibility. Part of this will be the influence of Askjell. This is the Norwegian musician's first appearance in the project, and his piano is a soothing authorial voice. But this is also down to Franklin Dow’s operatic photography, which is somehow intimate and sweepingly grand all at once.

PRO Credits

Credits

DirectorSophia + Robert
ProducerErsan Beskardes
ProducerGwilym Lewis-Brooke
Executive ProducerGwilym Lewis-Brooke
Production ManagerSamia Ahmed
1st ADRosie Owen
Director of PhotographyFranklin Dow
Focus PullerAndreea Gruioniu
2nd ACJuan Minotta
GafferPeter Bishop
Art DirectorLucy Cooper
WardrobeVerity May Lane
Art Department AssistantApril Wernham
Hair & Make-upIulia-a Roman
EditorSophia + Robert
ColouristSophia + Robert
Lead actorTin, Kit’s
CommissionerCharlie Drinkwater
Other creditsELECTRICIAN: JAMES LEECH, GREG PROBERT, MATT SIMMONS SENIOR SFX TECHNICIAN: MATS RIVENES SITE MANAGER: JODIE WHITTAKER

Ned Botwood - 26th June 2019

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