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The Irrepressibles 'The Most Beautiful Boy' by Savvas Stavrou

David Knight - 30th July 2020

Savvas Stavrou returns to his native Cyprus for his latest video for Jamie McDermott, aka The Irrepressibles, to visualise the themes of unrequired love and heartache in The Most Beautiful Boy.

Evocative imagery capturing the intense friendship of two young boys is counterpointed with the anguish of one of the boys, now an adult soldier. He is mourning the loss of his friend, but this 'present-day' scenario is more figurative than the journey into the past: the child's body he carries is a symbol of his loss, his pain is expressed through sharp movement.

Stavrou and his DoP Luciana Riso make excellent use of the island location too, spanning lush greens for the nostalgic sections of boyhood adventure, to the arid whites, and rocky beaches of the soldier's world.   

SAVVAS STAVROU:

It was important to capture the most genuine, unique and heartfelt unrequited love a boy can have for another boy.

"When I first heard this song by the Irrepressibles, I knew that it was special, that it came from a deeply personal place.

"Music that is charged with such emotional poignancy is rare. And I wanted to pay tribute to how much it moved me by making something equally personal - about love, about life, about what it means to be ‘a man’. As James Joyce said: “In the particular, lies the universal.”

"It was important for me to capture the most genuine, unique and heartfelt unrequited love a boy can have for another boy. The dreams we have when we are young, the innocence and power of our imagination, the way that is sometimes torn apart by the world. In a way, the soldiers here can be seen as metaphorical soldiers fighting in the everyday battle of our basic human right to love." 

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Savvas Stavrou
Producer
Constantinos Nikiforou
Production Company
Executive Producer
Sasha Nixon
1st AD
Peter Stephanou

Camera

Director of Photography
Luciana Riso
Steadicam
Ivan Knezevic

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
Manos Hadjikonstantinou

Art

Art Director
Marios Neocleous

Wardrobe

Wardrobe
Christy Polydorou
Hair & Make-up
Ioanna Nika

Casting

Casting director
Maria Michael
Lead actor
Dimitris Chimonas

Editorial

Editor
Samuel Marr
Editing company
The Quarry

Grading

Colourist
Jonny Thorpe
Colour grade company
Glassworks VFX

Commission

Commissioner
Daniel Harding

Other credits

Production Assistants

Dimitra Papouri, Leonidas Kalavas, Nicholas Tryfon

Cast (boys)

Grigoris Stylianou, Charalambos Placotas

Thanks

Matthew Suddaby & George Rumsey At Panavision London, Polyvios Symeonides At Seahorse Films, Jenn Sanders At The Quarry, Chloe Ensor And Athene Aristocleous At Glassworks, Kyriaki Michael And Maria Placotas.

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