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TV Priest 'Press Gang' by Joe Wheatley

Rob Ulitski - 7th Jan 2021

TV Priest take on the role of shady 20th-century business execs in Joe Wheatley's mesmerising promo for Press Gang.

Dissecting the media's omnipresent role in world events, and the changing tides of the news cycle and dissemination of information, the enigmatic video takes place in an unspecified past, reeking of late industrialisation and analogue technology. Frontman Charlie Drinkwater - playing both pinstriped boss of a cavernous factory, and TV director barking orders in a vintage control room - exudes macho strength at first, even gangster-like threat. But then the facade is stripped away, as Drinkwater's businessman character is pursued by unseen forces.

Switching between abstract narrative segments and calm, quirky portraits, the video is infused with a sense of dark humour and parody, whilst turning a critical eye on the world's news media. This is delivered with an anachronistic, vintage aesthetic, achieved through the use of 16mm film and retro styling.

DoP Rik Burnell creates a frenetic yet balanced energy, switching between static shots and no-holds-barred, jerky camerawork. Meanwhile the band's modern day performance is delivered through the tiny monitors of the 70s-era TV control desk. A brilliantly executed promo with style and attitude to boot. 

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Producer
Aidan Robert Brooks
Production Company
Executive Producer
Hayley Williams
Executive Producer
Femi Anderson

Camera

Director of Photography
1st AC
Matt Hillier
2nd AC
Thomas Reid

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
Federico Belloli

Art

Art Director
Phoebe Shakespeare

Wardrobe

Hair & Make-up
Sophie Rechtberger

Editorial

Editor
Adam Jones

Grading

Colourist
Jason Wallis
Colour grade company

Commission

Commissioner

Misc

Film Laboratory

Misc

Camera Trainee
Fabio Cachucho
Costume Supervisor
Cassie Walker
Runner
Sam Knight

Other credits

Spark

Dylan Bruce, Lorene Desportes, Camden Skerman Stevenson

Art Assistant

Georgia Currell, Anne Fluer

Scanning

Digital Orchard Scanning

Label

Sub Pop Records

Rob Ulitski - 7th Jan 2021

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