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4 October 2021


by Syd Briscoe

Years & Years: “Crave” - 3 mins 19s

With Years & Years now a solo project of prolific actor and musician Olly Alexander, this collaboration with director Tom Beard feels like a release of tension in the best way. Featuring a blue-painted Alexander writhing around with numerous nubile companions, the blend of kink and fantasy feels like a drug trip gone right - the end of a wild night out which just keeps on going.

That's not to say there's anything low-brow about the physicality and sexuality on display here. References to Dionysian orgies, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and notable Disney aesthetics mean that there's plenty for the intertextually-minded to chew on too. Murky and sensual in all the best ways, this is a simmering watch which stands up to repeat viewings to appreciate the glam details.

Film Production: PrettyBird Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Tom Beard Ⓟ Ⓦ
Producer: MrMr
Executive Producer: Chris Murdoch
Cinematographer: Jack Exton
Production Designer: James Soldan
Choreography: Theo Tj Lowe
Editor: Sam Bould Ⓟ Ⓦ @ Final Cut Ⓟ Ⓦ
Post Production: Raised by Wolves Ⓟ Ⓦ
VFX: Mikey Smith / Zee S
Colourist: Vic Parker
Sound Designer: Aaron Taffel

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