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Will Young 'Daniel' by WIZ

David Knight - 10th May 2021

WIZ reunites with longtime collaborator Will Young for the first part of a short film, heralding the singer's latest project, an album of cover versions. And once again, director and artist explore interesting dramatic territory for Young's intriguing take on Bat For Lashes' Daniel.

Young plays an ageing theatre actor - a character in sad decline, desperately clinging to his dignity. As he has demonstrated in various other videos down the years, directed by WIZ and others, the singer demonstrates a real capacity to inhabit a role and express vulnerability, and here he plays this flawed character with real pathos.

"The Daniel video is the first of two to be derived from Just Like That, a short film featuring Will," explains WIZ - aka Andrew Whiston. "The theme is addiction - addiction to performance. How there’s no escaping it, despite all the damage it may bring. It always pulls you back, as seemingly the only fulfilment lies in the ephemeral thrill of the stage. Also, it was shot By Robbie Ryan, which is pretty insane!"

With muted cinematography and in-camera effects by Ryan - the DoP renowned for his work with Ken Loach and Andrea Arnold - WIZ keeps focussed on Young's characterisation throughout, prefaced by narrative context. It's on a smaller scale than the epic cinematic drama they created together for All Time Love some years ago, but arguably this is WIZ and Will Young's most courageous collaboration yet.

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Production/Creative

Director
WIZ
Producer
Cait Lyn Adamson
Production Company
My Accomplice
Executive Producer
Richard Grewe
Production Manager
Alisa Tritenko
1st AD
Chris Kelly

Camera

Director of Photography
Robbie Ryan
Focus Puller
Mia Castles
2nd AC
Rory Power

Art

Art Director
Charlie Hippisley

Wardrobe

Wardrobe
Stevi Jelbart
Hair & Make-up
Tracy Ejuetami

Editorial

Editor
Jacques Simon
Editing company

Grading

Colourist
Richard Fearon
Colour grade company

Agent

Director's Representation

Commission

Label
Cooking Vinyl

Misc

Film Laboratory

Other credits

2nd AD

Callum Tom

Art Department Assistant

Lucy Ashmore

BTS

Chloe Battant

Catering

Mark Sands

Minibus

Bubsy Mooney

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