Rob Ulitski - 14th Oct 2020

Roll up, roll up - the circus has come to town! Thomas James Linton and Philip Reinking invite you into a weird and wonderful world, in their video for Calista Kazuko. 

Calista plays ringmistress to tell the story of our heroine, Benzo Belle, and the circus her life has become.

Depreciated in a loveless marriage, a monotonous carousel existence, delusional and exhausted, self-medicating to numb the pain. Will she escape this Stepford Wife-like prison and live out her fantasies to run away with the circus?

The ambitious video has a highly stylised and fantasy-based aesthetic, incorporating a variety of otherworldly set pieces. Like a fairytale unfolding in an existential, Twilight Zone reality, the feeling of entrapment is bubbling under the surface in every scene, aided by Reinking's dreamlike cinematography and Linton's eye for performance. 

Credits

DirectorThomas James Linton
DirectorPhilip Reinking
ProducerThomas James Linton
ProducerPhilip Reinking
ProducerCalista Georget
Executive ProducerThomas Linton / Philip Reinking / Calista Georget
1st ADAlena Shen
Director of PhotographyPhilip Reinking
GafferMałgorzata Maria Prońko
Art DirectorAlena Shen
WardrobeGeorge Thompson
Hair & Make-upGiusi Belmonte
Hair & Make-upFanny Burgos
EditorPhilip Reinking / Thomas James Linton
ColouristRosie Badder
VFXTrevor Hewitt
CommissionerCalista Georget
LabelIchi Ni Records
Other credits2nd Camera: Małgorzata Maria Prońko Cast: Calista Kazuko, Gareth Jones, Charlie Bicknell, Jamie Double, Maymie Alford Birdy Ring & Jewellery: Velvet Eccentric Many Thanks: National Theatre Costume Department

Rob Ulitski - 14th Oct 2020

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