Will Young 'Daniel' by WIZ
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.
|Producer||Cait Lyn Adamson|
|Production Company||My Accomplice|
|Executive Producer||Richard Grewe|
|Production Manager||Alisa Tritenko|
|1st AD||Chris Kelly|
|Director of Photography||Robbie Ryan|
|Focus Puller||Mia Castles|
|2nd AC||Rory Power|
|Art Director||Charlie Hippisley|
|Hair & Make-up||Tracy Ejuetami|
|Editing company||Trim Editing|
|Grading company||Black Kite|
|Director's Representation||Alexa Haywood at Free Agent UK|
|Other credits||2nd AD: Callum Tom Art Department Assistant: Lucy Ashmore BTS: Chloe Battant Catering: Mark Sands Minibus: Bubsy Mooney|
Very good to see WIZ back in action. And his first video in absolutely ages is also unusual for him.
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