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Hussain Manawer '2020 Vision' by Jake Polonsky

Promonews - 4th Jan 2021

As we welcome in the new year, here's a personal perspective of the unprecedented one that has just passed into history, from poet Hussain Manawer, brought to the screen by Jake Polonsky BSC.

A cinematographer who has worked on hit TV show Billions over the past few years, Polonsky returns to shortform - where he made his name as a DoP on music videos in the late Nineties and early Noughties- to direct this visualisation of Manawer's personal account of lockdown, and his strategem to deal with its effect on his mental health.

As the poet reads in a recording studio, a sole dancer begins to perform in a huge, empty space - The Troxy in East London, looking glorious, and prepared for its next live show before an audience, whenever that may be. The dancer works his way through the room, and the neat rows of seats, to make for the stage...

Shot by Haris Zambarloukos BSC, with Polonsky filming other London venues, all designed to serve a specific community - a primary school, a mosque, a synagogue, and various other important live music venues - 2020 Vision was shot on the Fujifilm GFX100 large format camera, and the film was made possible through finance by Fuji as well as support from a variety of bodies, from Time Based Arts and Panalux to the Music Venues Trust and Save Our Venues. 

It certainly serves to show how important those venues are to our collective wellbeing.


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Jake Polonsky
Kat Armour-Brown
Production Company
Executive Producer
Luke Jacobs
Production Manager
Elliott Tagg
1st AD
Caswell Coggins


Director of Photography
Haris Zambarloukos
Director of Photography
Jake Polonsky
Focus Puller
Dom Cheung
2nd AC
Johannes Lohmann


Sabrina Corda


Maxine Doyle


Nick Allix


Simone Grattarola
Colour grade company
Time Based Arts


Will Thompson

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