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.”

PRO Credits

Credits

DirectorAlex Lawther
ProducerRosie Brear
Production CompanyBlink
Executive ProducerLaura Northover
1st ADTy Hack
Director of PhotographyAdam Singodia
Focus PullerFabio Olgiati
GafferEsteban Giempelewicz
Art DirectorNick Wallis
WardrobeClaire Wardroper
Make-upAaliyah Oke
EditorElodie Fouqueau
ColouristToby Tomkins
Grading companyCHEAT
Post production companyFlock Editing
Post ProducerJack Lloyd
Lead actorRoman Griffin Davis
Lead actorConnor Mason
Director's RepresentationBlink
Other creditsChaperones - 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

Rob Ulitski - 2nd Nov 2021

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