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Written by David Knight - 10th Sept 2018

Emil Nava's video for Calvin Haris and Sam Smith's collaboration is a love letter to the drag scene, and a tribute to the world immortalised by Paris Is Burning and Madonna's Vogue video in the late Eighties.

It's also a lot grittier than Vogue, but there's also a real joie de vivre and geniune spirit that makes this a great video for Promises. It's got authenticity, and there is a broad church of glamour on show: from the drag queens and voguers, to models including Winnie Harlow (who has the skin condition vitilago). And Sam Smith's pleasure in the whole situation is obvious, which takes things to another level.

From the drag queens and voguers personal stories at the beginning, the message of personal freedom of expression mixes with an array of dazzling images - crafted by three editors, no less - and there is certainly something of the George Michael video for Too Funky about the climactic catwalk set-up. George surely would have loved this. 
 
 

Credits

DirectorEmil Nava
ProducerMaryann Tanedo
Production CompanyAmmolite Inc
Executive ProducerAmy James
Production ManagerRose Krane
1st ADEverard Salomon
Director of PhotographyFrank Mobilio
Creative DirectorGrace Pickering
1st ACSteve Doyle
Art DirectorShane Richardson
StylistKrissie Torgerson
HairMarc Mapile
Make-upJennifer Hanching
ChoreographerJaQuel Knight
ColouristAubrey Woodiwiss
Director's RepresentationOB Management
CommissionerMike O’Keefe
LabelSony Music
Other creditsGAFFER Matthew Ardine EDITOR Leo King, Ben Corfield, Ellie Johnson EDITING COMPANY POST PRODUCTION COMPANY POST PRODUCER VFX CAST: Kia Benbow, Tresvon Harville, Donnell Ingram ,Carlos Irizarry , Hayley Law ,Eric Sanchez , Engels Santana, OTHER CREW Voguers: Kia Benbow, Tresvon Harville, Donnell Ingram, Carlos Irizarry, Hayley Law, Eric Sanchez, Engels Santana, Kevin Stea, Hassan Floyd, Isaiah Wilder, Dashaun Williams Drag Queens: Jeremy Austin, Jacob Copp, Spencer Forrest Johnson, Luke Millington Drake, Loris Volke Models: Paul Atkins, Alex Avila, Widney Bazile, Kayla Fitzgerald, Aria Hayes, Tiara Kelly, Mikaela Kreuzberger, Josephine Lee, Tatiana McGuire, Riya Thakkar, Cheyann Washington, Pierre David, Malcolm Robinson, Nathaniel Santos KEY EQUIPMENT LOCATION RELEASE DATE 04/09/2018

Written by David Knight - 10th Sept 2018

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