Released exclusively on ITunes from the 20th of August, Chris Stock’s music video for single Our Time is doing just more than racking up publicity; it is helping to save lives. Directed and written by Igun Pictures’ Antony Lewis & Produced by Chris Lewis; and shot across various locations in Britain.
Antony Lewis is a regular face on British television, spending several years on “Emmerdale”, he then appeared on sci-fi hit “Torchwood” and multi BAFTA award-winning film “Boy A” with Andrew Garfield of “The Social Network” fame.
Chris Lewis cleverly crafted the intricate cinematography seen within this dark masterpiece. Chris Lewis has spent the last thirteen years heavily involved in production from lighting and editing to recording and camera operation. Antony has gained further recognition for editing hit TV shows “The X-Factor”, “Britain’s Got Talent” and “Strictly Come Dancing”.
The video itself is shot beautifully in sepia accentuating darkness and light, a medley of close-ups and long shots; creating a professional and cinematic effect keeping the viewer hooked. This is broken only by a single photograph and flashback in colour of the happy couple within the video showing a once content and “colourful” time against a dark and dreary present. The video tells the tale of a woman (Laura Carter, also seen in Emmerdale, Red Riding and The Syndicate) scorned by her husband (Bill Ward, seen as Charlie Stubbs in Coronation Street and on the West End in Million Dollar Quartet), who she finds having an affair with another woman (Samantha Cunningham, seen in Hollyoaks, Fat Friends, There’s Only One Jimmy Grimble and Goal 3). This is a situation entirely relatable to any viewer, creating empathy for the characters and intrigue.
The song itself is a beautiful and haunting piece using an acoustic guitar, stringed instruments and the occasional piano, creating a classical and almost anthemic atmosphere which evokes the deepest and most heartfelt emotions. This is not to mention Stocks’ voice which is melodic and deep throughout, ultimately a beautiful song which should be tipped for great things.
Stock himself, originally hails from Leeds, England; growing up in the Brit-pop era listening to and drawing influences from bands such as Blur and Oasis. He followed his father’s love of music from a very young age, starting bands all the way through school, by the age of 28 he had a thriving career with the band The Good Die Young. Things went quickly downhill when Stock was taken ill by meningitis in 2007. His weight plummeted and in 2008 his band The Good Die Young split. Two years later, Stocks released his first solo album “99c” after various stints live.
The video features appearances from various names in the music and acting industry such as Pete Maher (mastered music for U2, The Killers, Damien Rice), Chris Lewis (X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent), Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter), giving the whole release a bit of star quality, helping to boost its publicity for a brilliant cause.
All proceeds from both the single and video go to Cancer Research UK to help those suffering with cancer and their friends and relatives. Antony Lewis recently said in a press statement: “Everybody has been affected by Cancer at some point in their lives, whether it is battling the illness itself or having to watch a loved one go through the struggle. Cancer has touched everyone involved in this production, and for some of the crew the suffering is very recent. As a group we wanted to raise money for something that has the biggest impact on the largest group of people and we are proud to contribute to the already sterling work done by Cancer Research UK.”
Anybody and everybody should get on board with this; a beautiful song, amazing video and a fantastic cause, as Cancer affects a great deal of our population in one way or another, and there is no way to fight against the disease, if we do not contribute.