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Posted by Diversityworks on 7 July 2012, 2:18 pm in , , , , , ,

Music video challenges social labels and fear

Diversityworks Trust's Executive Director, ex-comedian Philip Patston has released his debut music video.

As Love Draws Near is the first of a musical collaboration between Philip and Israeli musician/composer Arli Liberman. The video was produced by Borderless Productions.

Some of the video's extras were talent from the Trust's newly formed Unique Agency.

"As Love Draws Near tells the story of how we all have the opportunity to move from fear to love by removing the labels that tie us down," says Philip, who won a Billy T Award in recognition of his contribution to the comedy industry in 1999. "The core message of this video is to encourage people to engage in social change and for individuals to accept diversity and who we really are."

Philip funded the video himself to promote the work he does with Diversityworks Trust. He wants to continue to use his music and videos to promote the connections between diversity, creativity and social change.

"The next track I'd like to work on is called Jaw Set. It has a strong message about suicide and I'd like to create a video that can spark a conversation about this in a different way, particularly amongst young men.

"Unless I can get at least some financial contribution, I would need to put things on hold for six to 12 months before considering the next video," he concedes. 

If you'd like to support the next video, you can buy As Love Draws Near from Amplifier for NZD$1.99 – 60% will go to the Trust – or you can make a one-off or regular donation on Givealittle.


Words: Philip Patston

Music: Arli Liberman

Harp: Tony Lewis

Video: Borderless Productions