Friday, 12 August 2022

Pub stars in pop video

TUCKED away in the Chilterns, the Five Horseshoes in Maidensgrove usually serves the odd passer-by and a few regulars during

TUCKED away in the Chilterns, the Five Horseshoes in Maidensgrove usually serves the odd passer-by and a few regulars during the week.

So when 80 members of a film cast and crew arrived at the pub to shoot a music video it took landlords Daniel and Tracey Taverner by surprise.

Now the couple have seen the result as the video accompanies Gabrielle Aplin’s single Please Don’t Say You Love Me, which is No 16 in this week’s official UK singles chart and has been as high as No 6.

Mrs Taverner, who had never heard of the 20-year-old singer before the film shoot in September, said: “When I watched the video I thought it was really nice and fun.

“It was great to see the pub garden used that way with lots of young people and I thought, ‘that looks like quite a fun place to go for a night out’.

“The only thing I was disappointed about was that we didn’t get the pub sign in the video but I suppose that’s a bit much to expect.”

The Taverners, who have run the Brakspear pub for four years, were approached by location scouts from Spun Films just days before shooting began.

The crew were joined by extras from The Henley College and were at the pub from 8am to midnight. Props, including tea lights, lanterns, flags and bunting, were set up in the pub garden.

Mrs Taverner said the pub was chosen for its scenic location with the Stonor Valley providing a backdrop.

She said: “She’s a young English singer-songwriter and acoustic so I think they wanted a very English place to shoot the video.

“I also think they wanted somewhere with a lot of natural beauty, which we have here. That goes well with her as she’s very natural-looking.The video is quite romantic and what could be more romantic than sitting out in the evening in the Chilterns countryside?”

The video surrounds a young couple driving through the countryside when their car breaks down. They walk along the road and come to a pub, which is filled with young people, and they sit down to have a drink.

The couple then have an argument and the boyfriend leaves the pub to sit in his car before his girlfriend follows him. They then go to sleep and drive away in the morning. Aplin is seen singing while perched on the car bonnet and standing in front of a gate and in the middle of a field just outside the pub.

Filming also took place on the road leading to the pub from Stonor and in the pub garden during the evening.

Mrs Taverner was impressed with the transformation, saying: “The pub looked completely different. They made sure that all the tables were full of young people so it gave it a bit of a music festival vibe.

“I must say that’s not what it’s always like because our clientele tend to be somewhat older out here in the countryside.”

Mrs Taverner, who offered the use of the pub free, served sandwiches, burgers and fish and chips to the cast and crew.

She said: “The day they were shooting the video I hadn’t realised how much work would be involved.

“I’m not complaining because it was a fun day and it made quite a change from the usual Wednesday, which tends to be quieter than at the weekend. There were lots of people inside and out.” Aplin, who developed a fanbase by posting performances on YouTube, was relatively unknown when the video was made.

Since then, she has recorded Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s The Power Of Love for the John Lewis Christmas advert last year, which went to No 1.

Please Don’t Say You Love Me is the first single from her debut album English Rain, which is due to be released next month. Mrs Taverner said she found the singer “very nice and sweet”. “Gabrielle is a really nice, natural-looking young woman and she’s very talented, friendly and down to earth,” she said.

“I’ll definitely be following her career because she was completely unknown when she came to make the video but has achieved quite a lot of success in a short time.

“She’s definitely going places.”

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