Promonews - 9th Apr 2021

Luke Logan's video for legendary Manchester band A Certain Ratio's new single Keep It Together features a girl and a car and a transcendental experience - set at the time when the original incarnation of the band got started.

It starts in a swooping shot outside the impressively neon-drenched Stockport Plaza at the end of a great evening, where a young woman (Zada Turkaly), a little under the influence, is irresistably drawn towards the big American 70s car that draws up outside the venue, without a driver.

Cue her spectacular journey into a dimension of light and colour - created by LED lights shot in a studio - which results in the girl's vibrant resurgence, in an explosion of dance. 

The track comes from ACR:EPA, the band's forthcoming four-track EP which centres around a jam session recorded last year with Denise Johnson, the legendary Manchester singer who had joined ACR, before she passed away in August. The video is a tribute to the greatness of an English soul singer who made an indelible impact on the Manchester music scene.

ACR have commented on the Luke Logan-directed video: “We wanted it to be set in the ‘70s so we invited ACR fans to dress up and become part of the video, among the extras that turned up were Calder Valley’s finest The Lounge Society and Lee from Manchester’s Heavy Salad. They arrived as funkateers, punks, soul boys and girls, hippies, post punks and prog rockers – and everyone looked amazing. The video is about overdoing it on a night out and trying to keep it together.”

Above: Luke Logan (left) and DoP Paul Mortlock at the Stockport Plaza on the Keep It Together shoot


We really do have Denise's enduring legacy to thank for inspiring so many people to lend their expertise.

"A strong desire to shoot a fitting tribute to Manchester's late music pioneer Denise Johnson has really driven the incredible support we have had on this project.

"I wanted the film to feel like a joyful and ethereal experience and bring some of the late 70's Manchester scene back to life, particularly at a venue (Stockport Plaza) which has seen so much of the City's up and coming musicians throughout the decades.

I wanted to bring the late 70's Manchester scene back to life... at the Stockport Plaza, a venue that's seen so many up-and-coming musicians through the decades.

"Made mostly on pleases and thank yous, we really do have Denise's enduring legacy to thank for inspiring so many people to lend their expertise and helping to create a film that hopefully takes people back to a time before I was born, but that is spoken of with such passion in Manchester music circles.

"I'd like to thank all of the ACR fan extras who turned up dressed to the nines on what wasn't the warmest of March evenings, but played their part to a tee!
The opening and closing sequences were both one-take wonders, so the cut was certainly a nervy one.

"It's fair to say seeing the transitions work so well at both ends, and sync with the track (thanks to Rob Beck on Steadicam, he times those moves like a metronome!) as planned, was a moment of particular relief."

PRO Credits


DirectorLuke Logan
ProducerJoe Vickers
1st ADLeon Henriques
Director of PhotographyPaul Mortlock
Focus PullerSam James
2nd ACDan Mccaffrey
SteadicamRobert Beck
GafferChris Bird
Art DirectorAlex Gattward
WardrobeMeme Gold
EditorLuke Logan
ColouristNeill Jones
Post production companyThe Rabble
Lead actorZada Turkaly
Director's RepresentationCarrie Sutton
Other creditsStyling Assistant: Michelle Walton AV Technician: Jason Baddiozzaman PA & Stills: Rob Connor Runner: Marley Brown Covid Marshall: Terry Barber Sound Design: Craig Shanda Thanks: Ash Ali, Chris @ Drop City, Mushy And Nathan @ Midnight Press, Neil T. And His Amazing Helpers, Dee @ Mint Casting, Faye Eliza @urbanspam, Zoraya @ Kimonooh, Rey Del Cerdo, The Lounge Society, Neuron AV, And All The Extras That Waited For Us In The Cold On A Miserable Mancunian Evening.

Promonews - 9th Apr 2021

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