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TikTok Star's ‘Reluctant Shanty’ Helps Raise Awareness on World Refugee Day

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Sydney, Australia
Nathan Evans teams up with BMF and FINCH's Kyra Bartley on powerful film

TikTok star Nathan Evans has launched ‘The Reluctant Shanty’ on World Refugee Day for Australia for UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency) to raise awareness and tell the story of the reluctant sailor, refugee survivors.    

Created in partnership with creative agency BMF and production company FINCH, the ‘Reluctant Shanty’ aims to honour the courage and resilience of refugees in Australia and across the world.

View the website here.

Evans – the modern, global face of sea shanty music – will help launch The Reluctant Shanty song, which was created and inspired by interviews with five refugees.  

Featuring three of the Australian refuges, the campaign launches across TikTok, PR, and Instagram and leverages the sea shanty phenomenon to raise awareness of refugees and funds for UNHCR, through Australia for UNHCR.  

Says Doug Hamilton, creative director at BMF: “Sea shanties are a 400-year-old genre of music developed by sailors to tell stories of adventure at sea. But today, not all sailors want to go to sea. The Reluctant Shanty is the first shanty based on the experiences of refugees, who’ve embarked on dangerous journeys by sea, in search of safety and survived to tell their story.” 

Says Kyra Bartley, director at FINCH: “The most important part of this project for me was making sure that the humanity of our three heroes shone through. The elevated visual approach gave us the symbolism and cinematic scope we needed, whilst still maintaining a raw intimacy that cuts right through to your heart." 

UNHCR is the UN Refugee Agency, a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for displaced peoples. 

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