Ernie Abbott, the long song, the short film

I’m thrilled to reveal the result of many weeks of creative labours – the music video I directed for Wellington bluesman Darren Watson.

I’m a big fan of Darren’s work and when he asked if I was interested in this project, I felt pretty damn lucky TBH. His song is about Ernie Abbott, the innocent victim of the 1984 bombing of the Wellington Trades Hall. I’ve a thing for storytelling, and Darren gave me the freedom to create a story that worked alongside his lyric, rather than just illustrating it.

Maybe I’ll talk about some of the challenges of directing this baby one day, but after working in documentary and corporate video for so long, a creative project like this was a great chance for growth.

We do hope you like it… and share it around.

Cast and crew get their credit in the film, but I’d like to thank Doug Kamo of DKCM for helping me find such a great cast, and Anne Williams of Musical Theatre Dunedin for help with props.

Darren is touring New Zealand to support his new album Getting Sober For The End Of the World this October. Kiwis, do yourself (and DW) a favour, go to his site above and book tickets, follow him on Facebook, become a fan of his music. You’ll be glad you did.

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