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Orville Peck 'Queen Of The Rodeo' by Austin Peters
Masked country singer Orville Peck shines the spotlight on members of the drag community in Austin Peters' video for Queen of the Rodeo.
Opening on a dirt road in the middle of nowhere, we are introduced to Jem, a First Nations community member and drag queen about whom the song was written. Looking to hitchike to the rodeo, Jem catches the attention of a middle-aged man heading in the same direction.
Juxtaposing rugged Americana with drag culture, the video explores the hidden desires of the characters at the event, whilst highlighting Jem's unlikely journey from trepidatious entrant to earning the Queen of the Rodeo title.
Peck's enigmatic performance and presence in the video acts as a middle ground to the contrasting themes. As a gay man himself who pays homage to both cowboys and drag, he has a unique experience and worldview that brings a level of authenticity to the visual.
DoP Bill Kirstein balances the saturated, colourful aesthetic with a healthy dose of rustic nostalgia, and even when the concepts delves into Lynchian territory in a brilliant scene at the bar, Kirstein ensures it fits in with the overall look and feel.
|Production Company||Radical Media|
|Executive Producer||Jennifer Heath|
|Director of Photography||Bill Kirstein|
|Focus Puller||Sean Lyons, Jacqualine Lehr|
|Focus Puller||Jacqualine Lehr|
|2nd AC||Karissa Leicht|
|Art Director||Wylie Gelber|
|Hair & Make-up||Matthew Leaf|
|Editing company||Cosmo Street|
|Grading company||The Mill|
|Post production company||The Mill|
|Post Producer||Heath Raymond|
|Lead actor||Orville Peck|
|Other credits||Sound Design By Q Department|
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