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A Poignant Music Video Directed by Karien Cherry for Alice Phoebe Lou’s ‘Rebel Rose’


Last week the music video for local folk sensation Alice Phoebe Lou’s ‘Rebel Rose’ debuted: a poignant and beautiful piece of film by emerging Cape Town director Karien Cherry. Project Phoenix, a compelling documentary short that she co-directed, premiered at the Design Indaba Film Fest earlier this year and has just been nominated for a One Show film award.


“I’m not really a ‘writer for hire’,” explains Karien. “I have to feel very passionately about something to be able to write honestly about it. Luckily, I find Alice’s music incredibly inspiring and I really connect to what she stands for as an artist.” Listening to ‘Rebel Rose’ left a very clear impression of the type of film she was after, and once she and Alice had met on the idea twice she wrote the script. “Alice was totally was totally open to my interpretation of her song, and even had Thor Rixon add some beats to the track specifically for the video,” she says.


With striking cinematography from Christian Denslow, the film looks into the concept of millennial loneliness. The final outcome is the result of a creative collaboration between LA-based actress Ella Gabriel, NYC-based editor Bahia Fitchen and Karien, who says “We’re quite different as independent artists but there’s a great collective energy when we work together.”




Featuring: Ella Gabriel and David Ralph Viviers
Original Song: Alice Phoebe Lou
Beats: Thor Rixon
Director: Karien Cherry
Executive Producers: Cindy and Ian Gabriel
Producer: Laura Sampson
1st AD: Nicholas Cherry
Stylist: Nolitha NonoRagnhild Mkulisi
Producer’s Assistant: Kate Ahrends
DOP: Christian Denslow
1st AC: Khalied Manuel
2nd AC: Seth Zworescine and Don
DIT: Andrew Gregory
Gaffer: Barret De Cock
Spark: Antonie Stemmet
Art director: Leila Walter
Hair and make-up: Amy Anstey
Editor: Bahia Fitchen
Colourist: David Grant
Online Artist: Theuns Van Rensburg
Special thanks to: Giant FilmsBeulah Bar, Club 7, Nick and Nicole Franco, Searle Street Post Production


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