Ned Botwood - 7th Oct 2019

Northwestern folklore and criminal romance collide in this cryptic and seductive video by Kes Glozier.

“They say an ancient law still exists whereby you can kill a Welshman. But it has to be within the walls of Chester, after midnight, with a crossbow. I think.” What an intriguing introduction. Bust This Town was inspired by a real medieval by-law - the product of frosty cross-border relations between the Welsh and English. There is no record that this law was ever repealed. The video follows two lovers on the run, who build a love nest in a derelict manor house. Making oblique references to the Chester by-law, Glozier creates a tense, fatalistic atmosphere around the romance, skilfully stretching this historical detail into an analogy for disharmony in a relationship.

Glozier plays a similar game here as in his fantastic video for Lad by Hak Baker. In this tense piece of realism, the director took an approach comparable to Lynne Ramsay's films, teasing inevitable violence with tiny gestures and character details.

The video also has the remarkable distinction of being photographed by Seamus McGarvey, BSC. The acclaimed DoP is a go-to for tragedy. Having shot We Need to Talk About Kevin (Lynne Ramsay), Atonement and Anna Karenina (Joe Wright), McGarvey is a master communicator of volatile atmospheres and dangerous temperaments.

“It’s my own version of Bonnie and Clyde," says Glozier. "A story of love and madness, inspired by my own personal love and madness.”

PRO Credits

Credits

DirectorKes Glozier
ProducerRosie Brear
Production CompanyLEZ Creative
Executive ProducerMary Calderwood
1st ADAndrew Potter
Director of PhotographySeamus McGarvey
Focus PullerChris Hayden
2nd ACKiloren Mclaren
GafferTom Gates
Art DirectorAfra Zamara
WardrobeNadia Dahan
Make-upGeorgia Hope
EditorMeg Thorne
Editing companyCut+Run
ColouristRichard Fearon
Grading companyBlack Kite Studios
CommissionerSam Seager
Other creditsCast: Aggy K Adams, Thomas Flynn

Ned Botwood - 7th Oct 2019

Related Content

video

Hak Baker 'Lad' by Kes Glozier

Kes Glozier's video for Hak Baker’s latest single Lad explores life right before adulthood hits, and what exactly that means. If you were a lad, the lyrics theorise, then you're willing to …

Rob Ulitski - 6th Aug 2019

video

Orla Gartland 'Pretending' by Rosie Brear

Producer Rosie Brear makes a notable directing debut for Irish singer-songwriter Orla Gartland, dramatizing the artist's party-fatigue from the perspective of her reflection in the mirror.

Promonews - 12 months ago

video

Elderbrook 'Broken Mirror' by Jordan Rossi

Elderbrook's cinematic track Broken Mirror becomes the vehicle for an authentic story, showcasing the issues facing many Queer people in 2021, helmed by director/photographer Jordan Rossi …

Promonews - 7 days ago

video

Forest Blakk 'Fall Into Me' by James Fitzgerald

James Fitzgerald directs an unlikely love story for Forest Blakk's Fall Into Me, when a shopping mall worker strikes up a relationship with an after-hours cleaner - who's half-human, half-wolf.

Rob Ulitski - 12 hours ago

Latest News