Never Stop (Live Version)

Director: Josephine Halbert

Never Stop (Live Version)

Never Stop (Live Version) is the soundtrack promotional video for radio play 'Jim' by Josephine Halbert. The video, produced and directed in 2016 by Josephine, includes footage of the original recording of the live, acoustic version of the song Never Stop, written and performed in this video by singer/songwriter Jonty Balls of band Desert MountainTribe. It is a 'classic love song' that filmmaker Josephine commissioned for her play and the brief was to create a timeless song that the play's fictional main character Jim, a musician, writes for the story's heroine. The video also includes dramatised scenes inspired by the story of Jim featuring the actors Charlotte Quita Jones and Cesare Taurasi who play the main roles in the audio drama.

The play, JIM, tells the story of a 'rock and roll' romance set against the backdrop of the psychedelic counter cultural movement in 1968 between a well known American musician and an aspiring young English writer. Jim is the 'muse's story', narrated by the story's heroine, Laura, and we follow their relationship over a series of her memories of their meetings in California, London and Copenhagen when Jim is on a summer European tour with his band at the height of their fame. It is a story about the mystery and adventure of being young and falling in love and how the experience of such can emotional awakening can never leave us where they find us.

The song Never Stop (Live Version) winner of a 2017 Global Music Award, is one of three original songs commissioned for Josephine's radio project by the London based rock band Desert Mountain Tribe (songs are Leave It Behind, The King and Never Stop) and were recorded and mixed at at Shaken Oak Studios, Oxon, UK in 2014 by recording engineer Arthur Young. The play also includes additional music by Arthur Young. The songs were mastered by Jolyon Thomas and the recordings are produced by Josephine for her own Ammadore Records label which is the rights holder of this video. The music is released and available on the JIM EP by Desert Mountain Tribe on Apple iTunes / Apple Music available at:-

https://itunes.es/gb/0VKjgb or at buff.ly/2u4191K

It is also available on Amazon, Deezer and Spotify

The play, JIM, recorded at London's dsound studio and the video was filmed in London and at the original recording of the song at a church in Oxfordshire, UK and was edited by Karoline Moser.

* You can now listen to the full 60 minute version of Jim, the radio drama on PRX ! Listen to it here at https://beta.prx.org/stories/210887

* TRIVIA - And The Director Sings Too!! Josephine, the play's creator, sings along in the chorus with the band on the studio version and radio edit version of Never Stop - her one and only rock and roll performance to date! She thanks the band for their generosity!

Please see the project website link for Further information about 'Jim' which includes a short Making of Documentary, The Making of Jim, featuring interviews with the creative team.

Director: Josephine Halbert

United Kingdom

Director's Biography

Josephine Halbert is a London based artist, filmmaker and writer and creator of Told In Pictures. Her filmography to date includes short films When It Suits Me (2000) - a short animation film, Shadow Buddy (2003), award winning short film Time Travel Boyfriends (2009), winner of the PRIX RADi distribution prize at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival given to one international short film by the Agence de Court in partnership with the Short Film Corner. It was also selected to compete for the short European Melies prize at the 2010 Espoo International Fantasy Film Festival. Her most recent film A Short Epic About Love (2013) has also won awards and is distributed internationally by MAGNETFILM in Berlin.

Before pursuing a career in art and film, she worked in the media for a variety of film and television companies including SKY Channel (now SKY Television), ABC News (American Broadcasting Company) and Golden Harvest Films.

She is an exhibiting artist, a writer and produces the music she has commissioned for her projects under her own Ammadore Records Label.

‘Jim’, a 60 minute drama created for radio, is her first radio play which was completed in 2015.

Director's Comments

The story of Jim evokes a different era, the late 1960s and its 'happening' counter cultural scene which inspired a generation and I wanted to try to capture something of that atmosphere in the play.

I asked the rock band Desert Mountain Tribe to create three diverse songs for the radio play, a couple of 'now meets then' psychedelic style rock songs and also a 'classic love song' to illustrate the emotional journey of the young couple in the story of Jim - a song the fictional Jim writes for the heroine.

Jonty, singer/songwriter of Desert Mountain Tribe devised this beautiful song Never Stop and I was so delighted with it. There are two versions of the song, the Live Version and the Studio Version. In this video Jonty performs the acoustic Live Version and the footage is of the actual recording of the song, filmed in a small church near Shaken Oak Studios, Oxon, UK in the summer of 2014 when we recorded the music. We were filming video for a Making of Documentary about creating 'Jim' (the short doc The Making of Jim is viewable on the project website). The two actors, Charlotte Quita Jones and Cesare Taurasi who performed the two roles in the radio play also appear in this music video. I filmed them for the documentary, creating scenes to illustrate the story. So this video was an organic process as I filmed 'as I went along' with the creative team and we included that footage in this soundtrack accompanying video.

The video's editor Karoline Moser and I wanted to keep the video as natural and simple as possible, true to the premise of the love story and we aimed to make it a 'vintage', timeless accompanying piece to the story of the play, Jim although there are some contemporary references in shots. The play, is the muse's story, narrated by the character of Laura, lover of Jim, a well known American rock star who she meets on the eve of his European tour in 1968 and it follows their relationship over their meetings in California, London and Copenhagen. So the play is told from 'her' point of view - but Never Stop Live, the love song here in this video is telling the story from the character of Jim's point of view - a love song that Jim writes for 'her' and is featured in the play. It's a love song that everyone wants to hear in any era! - and was written specially to that brief which I feel is of added interest.

Josephine Halbert - July 2016

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