Rob Ulitski - 16th Nov 2020

Raja Virdi directs his second in a trilogy of films for Passenger, with the emotionally affecting promo for Suzanne.

The film is set in the 1950s, and follows a boy-meets-girl love story, with the concept that memories can last a lifetime, but time is limited. The narrative is a familiar one, but remarkable performances from the cast - in both present and past timelines - tie the concept together with a universal sense of regret and yearning. 

DoP Pieter Snyman captures a bubbly, youthful energy with swathes of golden light and plenty of intimate closeups, which contrasts with the present day environment - a cold, blue and lifeless room, which has lost any sense of fun or contentment, and has no attachment to the vivid memories in her head. 

The appearance of Passenger as the party band also adds a layer of meaning. They are present in both the past and present timelines - more of a ghost of a memory than a real physical presence, a soundtrack to a time which can no longer be experienced. 

PRO Credits


DirectorRaja Virdi
ProducerJoseph J Goldman
Production CompanyPHASE
Executive ProducerRaja Virdi
Production ManagerHugo Holford
1st ADChris Malin
Director of PhotographyPieter Snyman
Focus PullerJosh Tue
2nd ACJamie Cook
SteadicamDoug Walshe
GafferMilo Cosemans
Art DirectorLucy Cooper
WardrobeCelia Arias
HairAmy Whyard
Make-upAndrea Gomez Anzola
EditorSamuel Marr
ColouristConnor Coolbear
Grading companyElectric Theatre Collective
Post ProducerOliver Whitworth
CommissionerDan Medland
LabelBlack Crow Records
Other creditsProduction Coordinator: Katie Cooper Production Assistant: Joe Coulson 2nd AD: Charlie Killick 3rd AD: Sam Fullerton Runners: Megan Skender, Jonny Powell Covid Officer: Tara Sadeghi Camera Trainee: Tom Ore Sparks: Lewis James, Jake Buckley, Damien Gray, Joseph Nowell, Sean Mackey, Deimante Sprai Genny Op: Joss Garnet-Lawson Art Assistants: Aubrey Jackson-Blake & Harriet Trant Stylist Assistant: Bella Dupee HMU Assistant: Melanie Christou Catering: Honey & Thyme BTS: Zakary Walters & Nic Minns Security: Corey Jay Cast: Rowena Bentley (Suzanne); Andy Sharpe, Henry Brackenridge, Toby Constad, Sam Denia (band); Molly Cattanach, Olivia Francis, Maria Karelina, Charlotte Kate Anderson, Georgina Bitmead, Amba Gayfer, Esme Quarmby, Curt Faulkner, Jamie Cook, Freddie Cook, Lewis Kennedy, Andrew Malik, Finton Flynn, Rebecca Jayne-Davies, Michael Faulkner, Nathaniel Christian Special Thanks: Dan Medland, Rebekah Taylor, I:e Music, SHL Lighting & One Stop Films

Rob Ulitski - 16th Nov 2020

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