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Linus Fenton 'Fountainhead' by Alex Lawther

Rob Ulitski - 2nd Nov 2021

Alex Lawther - acclaimed actor from End of the F*cking World, Black Mirror, and much more - has made his directorial debut for childhood friend and artist Linus Fenton.

Sponsored by mental health charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) and beautifully shot on 16mm by DoP Adam Singodia, the film examines a difficult friendship between two young boys. They are close as brothers but find it impossible to make one another aware of their feelings.

For the film, Lawther worked closely with movement director Grace Nicol to build an avant-garde visual language, which expresses the two boys' attempts to connect with one another, drawing on his experience as an actor to inform his directorial approach.

“Linus called me up towards the end of the first Lockdown," Lawther recalls. "He’d written an album, [and] it was the first time I had heard him writing in this way. It was beautiful. I was very moved.  

"He then asked me if I’d like to direct a video for one of the songs. I was not only lucky to get to work on my first directing gig with a dear friend, but also a brilliant creative team and two wonderful actors - Roman Griffin Davis and Connor Mason."

The video was produced by Blink, with whom Lawther worked when starring as Declan McManus's 'double' in the Key To Life On Earth video directed by Will Hooper last year. 

“Collaborating with Alex on his first music video has been such a wonderful experience," says Laura Northover, head of music at Blink. "His experience as an actor really informed his approach when working with the boys on set and during the rehearsals in the lead up to shooting.

"He’s not only the loveliest person, but also ridiculously talented. I’m looking forward to working together more in the future as he develops as a director.”

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Alex Lawther
Producer
Rosie Brear
Production Company
Executive Producer
Laura Northover
1st AD
Ty Hack

Camera

Director of Photography
Adam Singodia
Focus Puller
Fabio Olgiati

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
Esteban Giempelewicz

Art

Art Director
Nick Wallis

Wardrobe

Wardrobe
Claire Wardroper
Make-up
Aaliyah Oke

Casting

Lead actor
Roman Griffin Davis
Lead actor
Connor Mason

Editorial

Editor
Elodie Fouqueau

Grading

Colourist
Toby Tomkins
Colour grade company

VFX

Post production company
Flock Editing
Post Producer
Jack Lloyd

Agent

Director's Representation

Other credits

Chaperones

Ben Griffin Davis And Sara Mason

Director’s Assistant

Sylvain Levitte

Loader

Lluc Mestre

Lighting Trainees

Alex Strachan, Umar Hansa

The Yard Technical Manager

James Dawson

Photographer

Bree Hart

Runner

Dubheasa Lanipekun

Film Supplied By Frame24

With Special Thanks To

Laura Biggs, Ben Spence, Ashleigh Wheeler And The Yard Theatre, Greenkit Lighting, Ruhan & Martin at Kodak, Doh Bakery, Dan Cox, Sally King, Rachel Crouch, Katy Wood

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