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15 June 2020

Where Do The Children Play?

by Syd Briscoe

Yusuf/Cat Stevens: “Where Do The Children Play?” - 4 mins 11s

This bold reimagining of the Yusuf/Cat Stevens classic 'Where Do The Children Play?' runs with the song's environmental message. Director Chris Hopewell uses tactile animation and recycled materials to address the dire state of the environment - exploring a world almost entirely transformed by junk.

It's a timely interpretation, as the environmental impact of reduced travel due to Covid-19 are catalogued and it becomes clear to even the most ardent naysayers that things can - and have to - change. It's the next generation who will bear the brunt of climate change, after all, embodied here by a pair of kids trying to make things better in what little ways they can.

Constructed using salvaged materials, this promo also carries a poignant message of resilience for the children of today who may feel hopeless. It's an affecting and fresh take on a nostalgic song, and demonstrates that the film industry can work on being greener, too.

Film Production: Black Dog Films Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Chris Hopewell Ⓦ
Producer: Rosie Brind / Andy Stewart
Executive Producer: Martin Roker
Cinematographer: Jon Davey
Editor: Tom Weller
Storyboard Artist: Henry St Leger
Animation: Cadi Catlow / Paul Couvela / Jacky Howson

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