The Star of Bethnal Green is the Christmas song we’ve been waiting for
Following the release of their Winter-themed EP, Only Son of the Falling Snow, London-based indie folk rock band Bear’s Den have released a powerful video for lead track, The Star of Bethnal Green in collaboration with filmmaker Jake Graf.
The song is about someone at Christmas watching a singer in a bar and feeling completely overwhelmed by both the performer and the performance, as if their entire life, identity, and purpose is revealed to them with each note of the song.
The video was written and directed by Jake Graf, who puts a unique spin on the story of the ghost of Christmas past, using this as an opportunity to highlight the current pandemic of violence against trans people around the world.
Speaking about the concept behind the video, Jake shares:
“As a trans man who grew up without any positive representations to aspire to, I know how important it is that we start seeing more trans visibility in the mainstream media…” said Jake Graf, speaking about the project. “We have seen more and more allies to the community standing up and being counted but as our tiny trans community continues to be attacked and vilified we truly need all the support that we can get. In the last few years, trans murders have hit an all time high, with trans women in particular being targeted. We sincerely hope that the video will help open hearts and minds and make a life a little easier for trans people this holiday season.”