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118 Fest

average rating is 1 out of 5


Alasdair MacRae


Posted on:

Apr 27, 2022

Film Reviews
118 Fest
Directed by:
Written by:
Sam Critchley, Alisha Palmer, Peter Field, Janine Read

A 2018 promo piece that acts as an introduction to the Christian punk rock band Peter 118 and their then-upcoming festival, 118 Fest, a Christian pop-punk festival in Stoke-on-Trent.


The short four-minute promo unfortunately doesn’t give much insight into the band past the first minute as the core members of the band introduce themselves. The group was originally founded in 2012, and at the time of filming consisted of drummer Sam Critchley, vocalist Alisha Palmer, guitarist Peter Field, and bassist Janine Read. The only attempt made beyond the formality is an on the fly interview with an anonymous friend/fan who gets side-tracked during his description of band founder Pete and careers into ‘well you know him, you know what I mean’, cast out towards an unknown offscreen presence.


There is an uncomfortable moment when frontman Pete proclaims to ‘Make Pop-Punk Great Again’. Hopefully, he is blissfully unaware of the unfortunate connotations of that phrase from someone preaching Christianity and adorned in the stars and stripes during the middle years of Donald Trump’s term in office.


That aside there are a few rounds of the lyrics ‘Start thinking, stop drinking, stop fighting… listening to the world cause it’s got no truth’, a small glimpse into a quiet pub and quite an amusing shot of someone who has stepped in gum.


This short promo is really just preaching to the converted (Peter 118 fans).

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Alasdair MacRae
Alasdair MacRae
Music Video, Short Film
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