Rob Ulitski - 28th Feb 2020

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. 

Credits

DirectorAustin Peters
ProducerDanny Dewes
Production CompanyRadical Media
Executive ProducerJennifer Heath
Director of PhotographyBill Kirstein
Focus PullerSean Lyons, Jacqualine Lehr
Focus PullerJacqualine Lehr
2nd ACKarissa Leicht
GafferMaximo Contrera
GafferMaryn Mcgaw
Art DirectorWylie Gelber
Hair & Make-upMatthew Leaf
EditorMarlo Caine
Editing companyCosmo Street
ColouristMikey Rossiter
Grading companyThe Mill
Post production companyThe Mill
Post ProducerHeath Raymond
VFXThe Mill
Lead actorOrville Peck
CommissionerAlissa Atkins
LabelSub Pop
Other creditsSound Design By Q Department

Rob Ulitski - 28th Feb 2020

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