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Sam Fender 'The Borders' by Thomas James

David Knight - 25th Oct 2019

The past and present collide in Thomas James's gripping video for Sam Fender.

When a man steps into a social club, it soon becomes clear that his motive is linked to his teen years, and the events that traumatised him. James then expertly weaves the separate timelines through the video for Fender's intense song The Borders.

Initially there is a distinct emphasis on the teenager, and a complicated co-dependent relationship with the boy who holds sway over him. James's work with young actors Ryan Nolan and Alex Draper means that this toxic relationship is utterly believable - with the added element of the bully's girlfriend, being the increasingly significant factor as events come to a head, in both flashback and 'present-day'.

The inevitable confrontation with his old adversary - now apparently normal stand-up guy, still with the same girl - delivers its own unexpected twist. A really strong way to show the lasting damage created by a poisoned youth.

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David Knight - 25th Oct 2019

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  • Rock

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Thomas James
Producer
Vanessa Mc Donnell
Production Company
Ob Production Services
Executive Producer
Sam Holmes
1st AD
Polly Millner

Camera

Director of Photography
Evelin van Rei
Focus Puller
Eve Carreno
Focus Puller
Marco Alonso
2nd AC
Anastasiya Cherasyuk

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
John-Jo Besagni

Wardrobe

Wardrobe
Rhiannon Barry
Make-up
Danielle Everitt

Agent

Director's Representation

Commission

Commissioner
Semera Khan
Label
Polydor

Misc

2nd Unit
Morgan Sinclair

Other credits

Casting

Hannah Lane Casting

Runners

Ralph Laurila, Victoria Lawal

Lighting

SHL Lighting

Adult Leads

Ricki Wilson, Olivia Brady, Brian Glen Smith

Teen Leads

Millie Croft, Ryan Nolan, Alex Draper

David Knight - 25th Oct 2019

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