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26 March 2021


by Syd Briscoe

Purple Disco Machine: “Fireworks” - 4 mins 28s

West Side Story meets generational conflict in this absorbing promo for Purple Disco Machine's 'Fireworks'. Director Greg Barth pits Boomers and Gen-Zs against each other as dance-fighting street gangs, with the initial conflict rapidly fading into indoctrination as the older generation become a corrosive influence on the young upstarts.

The symbolism here isn't exactly subtle, but it's all the more effective for its blatancy. The over-saturated, overblown images of wealth and consumption packaged as success are just barely parody, after all, and the plastered-on smiles and country club polo shirts only emphasise the pastel Patrick Bateman vibes of the Boomer clan.

Shots of a ruined world wrap up the film as a warning, reminding the audience that looking behind the glitzy curtain is always necessary. This is an Eighties-influenced, message-driven punch in the face which makes its meaning absolutely clear while still being a ton of fun to watch - something that's tricky to achieve with the real-world stakes involved.

Film Production: Common People Films
Director: Greg Barth Ⓟ Ⓦ (Friends Electric Ⓟ Ⓦ)
Producer: Ghandi El-Chamaa
Executive Producer: Tony Roberts / Ramy Dance
Cinematographer: Michał Sobociński
Set Design: Jerzy Włodarczyk
Choreography: Adam Beta
Editor: Nick Armstrong Ⓦ @ tenthree Ⓟ Ⓦ
Post Production: Oliver Whitworth @ Electric Theatre Collective Ⓟ Ⓦ
Colourist: Connor Coolbear @ Electric Theatre Collective Ⓟ Ⓦ
Audio Mix: Dave Williams
Voiceover: Aaron Abeytia

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