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Kathleen Frances 'Boy' by Gregg Houston

Rob Ulitski - 21st Feb 2022

Gregg Houston directs a short visual for singer-songwriter Kathleen Francis - one of a series of video-portraits by the director to accompany the release of Frances's debut EP Through The Blue.

Taking place on the open water, the short length of the piece doesn't dilute the emotional pull of the visual for the song Boy, which consists of Frances staring straight ahead as the camera slowly zooms into her face, an ambiguous look that perfectly suits the downtempo track.

"In her stills and imagery there has always been a really beautiful and simple approach that I have found really intriguing," says Houston, who was approached by Kathleen Frances's label 7476 to create the portrait series to sit alongside snippets of four tracks from the EP.

"The use of film in her imagery made 16mm the natural choice for this series. This is the second portrait to be released and possibly my favourite of the four. I just love the way Kathleen stares down the camera with such a powerful force as the river was gushing around us.

"Jed Darlington-Roberts really delivered for me and I am forever grateful. If we had enough film I would have liked it to run for the entire performance with Kathleen staring down the lens. That feeling of intrigue I got from her in the stills I had seen translated here to me in the moment and it was a wonderful experience."


Rob Ulitski - 21st Feb 2022


  • Director's notes
  • Special projects
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Folk
  • Water
  • Calm
  • Vignette
  • portrait

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Gregg Houston
Production Company


Director of Photography
Jed Darlington-Roberts
Focus Puller
Luke Chambers


Gregg Houston
Editing company


Luke Morrison
Colour grade company
Electirc Theatre Collective


Chris Mccourt


Colour Producer
Oliver Whitworth

Rob Ulitski - 21st Feb 2022

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