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School Children Embark on an ABBA Voyage for Christmas Single 'Little Things'

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PRETTYBIRD's Sophie Muller directs the video offering proceeds to UNICEF

School Children Embark on an ABBA Voyage for Christmas Single 'Little Things'

The official music video for ABBA’s Christmas single ‘Little Things’, directed by Sophie Muller out of PRETTYBIRD, is unveiled today.

‘Little Things’ is out now on CD with proceeds of the song going to UNICEF to help support the Global Child Protection Fund. Taken from ABBA’s No.1 album Voyage, released through Polydor/Universal Music Group - this year’s fastest-selling album to date and the band’s 10th UK No.1 album - ‘Little Things’ is a gentle reflection on the joy of Christmas morning and family time around this special time of year.

Agnetha, Björn, Benny & Anni-Frid said: “we think it is impossible to eradicate poverty without the empowerment of women. That's why we support UNICEF in protecting girls from sexual violence and empowering them through the Global Child Protection Fund. We have done so for many years with our song Chiquitita and now we have decided to give UNICEF a Christmas gift in the form of a second song: Little Things from our album Voyage!”.

The official music video for the single also launches today. Directed by Grammy and BRIT Award-winning British music video director and longtime ABBA fan Sophie Muller (Gwen Stefani, Annie Lennox, Sade, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Radiohead, Björk) alongside executive producer Juliette Larthe (Arca, Kanye West, Little Simz), producer Chris Murdoch (Kylie Minogue, Franz Ferdinand, Maneskin) performance director Theo Adams (Years & Years, Paloma Faith, FKA Twigs) and PRETTYBIRD UK, the film is a brilliantly-conceptualised take on the production behind ABBA Voyage, the series of concerts featuring digital versions of ABBA that will open in London next year.

Centred around a dedicated and ambitious group of school-age children, many of whom in real life are close to (or even related to!) the creative team behind the ground breaking concerts, this next generation of geniuses are inspired to create an ABBA Voyage ‘Christmas Special’, and embark with irrepressible enthusiasm on the enterprise of motion capture, choreography, costume design, stage lighting and band rehearsals, culminating with the arrival of parents and family members and the beginnings of snow, to watch a very convincing performance by the re-imagined ‘ABBA’, as ‘Little Things’ draws to a close. 

After what was one of the biggest and most anticipated comebacks in history, ABBA’s new album Voyage was released last month, going straight to the No. 1 spot in 18 countries including the UK, Germany, Australia and Sweden and reaching No. 2 on the US Billboard 200. In its first week, Voyage achieved worldwide sales in excess of 1 million copies, and has received more than 190 million combined streams to date.

The single ‘I Still Have Faith In You’ has just received the band’s first ever Grammy nomination for ‘Record of the Year’.

Speaking on the success of Voyage: “We are so happy that our fans seem to have enjoyed our new album as much as we enjoyed making it! We are absolutely over the moon to have an album at the top of the charts again / ABBA”.

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Production

Director: Sophie Muller

Creative Consultant: Theo Adams

Director of Photography: Franklin Dow

Casting: Kharmel Cochrane

Cast: London Kim, Makisig Akiwumi, Nya Phelan, Zahra Afzal, Jet Yau, Eva Patel, Ayaansh Thanawalla, Brooklyn Appiah, Lara Alpay, Fifi Faber, Jake Muller, Connie Callaghan, Rosie Etherington, Leonard Schoeller, Vinnie Rockins, Hal Dillon, Ro Dillon, Mabel Moonlight Lidgett-Toner, Mira Kosinksla Mguni, Frank Rolls, Ed Hole,

Production Company: PRETTYBIRD UK

Exec Producer: Juliette Larthe

Producer: Chris Murdoch

Production Manager: Tara Sadeghi

Production Assistant: Josh Collings

Production Runner: Christine Ubochi

PRETTYBIRD UK PR: Lee Sharrock

Set

1st AD: Chris Kelly

2nd AD: Jess Horne

Runner: Sarah Awe

Runner: Edie Kelly

Runner: Zoë Bradley

Runner: Evie Etherington

Runner: Emily Leggatt

1st AC: Juan Sanchez Minotta

1st AC: Andreea Gruioniu

2nd AC: Holly Smyth

2nd AC: Sarah Frasson

Steadicam: Jay Gomez

Grip: Alex Hudson

Crane Grip: Wolf Wasserman

Crane Tech: Sam Graysmark

Head Tech: Jamie Tocher

Video Playback: Pete Hodgson

DIT: Deloris Collins

Spark and Lighting

Gaffer: Noah Furrer

Spark: Eliza Moore

Spark: Killian Drury

Spark: Leyt Said

Lighting Designer: Tim Routledge

Lighting Programmer: James Scott

Neg Earth Lighting Crew: Steve Callaway

Neg Earth Lighting Crew: Andrew Munford

Neg Earth Lighting Crew: Lewis Wilding

Laser Tech: Colin Clarke

Design

Costume Designer: Siobhan Dillon

Seamstress: Bella Ferretti

Hair Stylist: Claire Moore

Hair Assistant: Erika Freedman

Makeup Artist: Joe Brooks

Creative

Production Designer: Alison Dominitz

Assistant Art Dept: Kat Docherty

Assistant Art Dept: Henry Mills

Choreographer: Masumi Saito

VFX Supervisor: James Littlemore

Location Manager: Conor White-Andrews

Medic: Russell Warner

Medic: Simon Adams

Edit & Grade: Sophie Muller

Commissioner: Svana Gisla and Ludvig Andersson

Camera provided by: SLV Studio

Lighting provided by: SHL & Neg Earth

Lasers provided by: ER Productions

Genres: People, Storytelling

Categories: Music video, Short Films and Music Videos

PRETTYBIRD UK, Fri, 03 Dec 2021 11:40:37 GMT