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4 December 2018

Power Over Me

by Andrew MacGregor

Dermot Kennedy: “Power Over Me” - 3 mins 34s

Cuba's amateur boxing legacy provides the backdrop for this Dermot Kennedy promo, as a woman strives for respect from Havana's fighting community. Caught between her contemptuous peers and her feckless father, the protagonist must train harder and longer for her shot at personal glory.

Director Courtney Phillips's grounded slice of Havana life deftly flits between the woman's in-ring exploits and her troubled family life. There is little respite, aside from a tender dinner between sisters during a power cut.

While connoisseurs of boxing films will be familiar with many story beats, Phillips's promo remains a compelling watch. Furthermore, Irishman Kennedy's raw vocals complete a rare Latin-Celtic triumph.

Commissioner: Guillermo Ramos / Hanan Cher / Emily Ann Sonnet
Film Production: London Alley Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Courtney Phillips Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director's Agent: OB Management Ⓟ Ⓦ
Producer: Harvey Ascott
Cinematographer: David Procter
Service Co Prod: Nelson Navarro
Editor: Joe Walton

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