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Nothing But Thieves' Latest Music Video is a Dystopian Dance Number

23/32 teams with Black Dog Films UK's Thomas James to shoot moody promo in Kiev

Nothing But Thieves' Latest Music Video is a Dystopian Dance Number

Nothing But Thieves have shared the music video for their new single ‘Amsterdam’, which was shot in Kiev, Ukraine. 

The music video was directed by the young and super talented Thomas James from Black Dog films UK, and produced by 23/32. 

The mood of the story is dark, angry and frustrating. The surroundings throughout the promo reflect just that.

After long location scout, the production team found the perfect place to set the music video. An old abandoned factory from the Cold War era with metal bars and broken pieces of equipment lying around. A sense of frustration and impoverished endeavour embodied the architecture and production design of the locations. Older textures, dated interiors and a sense of a forgotten community inhibited the spaces.

Another big challenge for the production team was the casting. 300 dancers from Kiev were cast, with 45 of them involved for the main video.

"Beauty is not what we were aiming for as such. Strange, and interesting faces, slim builds... With a feeling of downtrodden, weathered - as if subject to a dystopian, harsh reality. Various characters in and around strange and decrepit locations - being pulled in and under the hypnosis of the energy of the track. They are dragged towards to the band against their will," said a representative of 23/32. 

The promo was choreographed by Alexandra Green and inspired by a form of contemporary street performance, stylised by the exchange between a man and woman.

Production Company

Production Company Name: Black Dog Films

Director: Thomas James

DOP: Ben Wearing

Production Service

Production Service Company: 23/32

Category: Music video , Short films