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8 October 2018

New Day (ft. Jack O'Rourke)

by Alice May

Kormac: “New Day (ft. Jack O'Rourke)” - 3 mins 39s

The latest track for Irish DJ, producer and musician Kormac (who looks like a healthier Bez) comes with an astonishing promo by William Armstrong. The clip is the third in the Made By Music series from Three, and is by turns deeply poignant and nailbitingly daring.

Shot in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, it focuses on a teenage boy whose world of grinding poverty and responsibility is left behind when he meets friends to travel on the local commuter trains.

And that literally does mean on, not in. For he is one of the train surfers; young men who dance on the roofs of carriages and hover horizontally in the slipstream at the back; whose feet run along tunnel interiors at 90 to open doors and who lean out to almost touch the tracks with their fingertips.

The combination of recklessness and grace is heady. It brings them status in a culture where education - such as it is - won't even take them to the station.

And it's beautifully filmed. Despite shooting from what must be some very alarming angles, the camera feels unobtrusive; a calm observer. The pensive expression captured on the boy's face between stunts gives this a mood and a depth that a less perceptive director could easily miss.

Film Production: Antidote Films Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: William Armstrong Ⓟ Ⓦ
Producer: Andrew Freedman
Production M'ger: Lesley-Anne Mulder
1st AD: Tony Texeira
Cinematographer: Kate Arizmendi
1st AC / Focus Puller: Justin Brokensha
Gaffer: Farai Chimombe
Art Department: Carine Tredgold
Editor: Stephen Dunne Ⓦ @ tenthree Ⓟ Ⓦ
Post Production: Windmill Lane Ⓟ Ⓦ
Colourist: Matt Branton
Location: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

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