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23 April 2019


by Andrew MacGregor

Kris Kelly: “Birthplace” - 6 mins 15s

Texas-born singer-songwriter Kris Kelly is in no rush with new single ‘Birthplace', nor is he inclined to sing much above a whisper. While there is therefore little to raise pulses, Kelly's plaintive rumination on memory, purpose, and rebirth has enough to enthral listeners in a wistful mood.

Adi Halfin's accompanying promo takes a while to get going, too. Shot in a sleepy, non-linear haze, the piece depicts a woman's tearful farewell to her dog, a child's woodland retreat, and a cowboy who dances as if riding an invisible bronco.

Such disparate storytelling may leave some viewers perplexed, yet there is a loose through-line to latch onto. Coupled with Halfin and DP Roman Linetsky's composed visuals, it's a film that ultimately rewards patience.

Film Production: Lief Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Adi Halfin ♀ Ⓟ Ⓦ
Producer: Margo Mars
Executive Producer: Alma Har'el ♀
Cinematographer: Roman Linetsky
Colourist: Lewis Crossfield @ Time Based Arts Ⓟ Ⓦ

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