Today, the next installment in the late gender-fluid visionary artist, actor, and creative Harry Hains’ ANTIBOY universe has been released with the music video for electro-self-love anthem “One Love,” directed by renowned LGBTQ+ filmmaker Michael Saul. PRESS HERE to watch. Michael, who originally met Harry when he cast him in his feature film The Surface, has utilized ANTIBOY’s message of compassion and love without borders to create a visual manifestation of “One Love,” a world filled with optimism, candy colors, kaleidoscopes, and classical iconography representing love and hope. The video features an avatar of Harry traveling through an imaginative and playful universe, fully immersing the viewer in Harry’s ideal world.
Recorded with famed super-producers RedOne (Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey) and Fernando Garibay (Lady Gaga, Enrique Iglesias), “One Love” is an ode to acceptance, saying that in a world of division and hatred, there is only one love that we all need to tap into- a love without judgment based on gender, race, or disabilities. Harry’s mother, actress and advocate Jane Badler sings the uplifting bridge on the track, written with queer alt-pop artist Sizzy Rocket, speaking not only to her late son but to everyone who feels unaccepted. Jane is the driving force behind Harry’s posthumous ANTIBOY project, and she has become a relentless advocate for LGBTQ+ equality, mental health, and the ongoing epidemic of drug addiction, with her personal experience as Harry’s mother allows her to channel her grief into purpose- to help those who are struggling and to promote understanding and acceptance.
The music video for “One Love” made its premiere this month at Dome Fest West in Costa Mesa, California, as an Immersive, 360° Fulldome film. Michael rethought the original video structure, combining the experimental nature of Fulldome short films with the conventional music video style to create a visualization of the “One Love” universe. Utilizing various techniques Michael pushes the boundaries of filmmaking with his animations and 3D designs of everything from Harry’s avatar to classical icons.
“Harry wrote ‘One Love’ a few months before he passed away and encapsulates Harry’s philosophy. He believed that we are all created equal and called himself ANTIBOY. A play on his refusal to be identified by his gender,” shares Jane Badler. “He saw a future where we could all live in harmony and accept one another by our convictions and soul not our external markers. My husband and I felt it was an important song so we completed the demo with a great producer. I wrote the middle part with the wonderful Sizzy Rocket. It is directed not just at Harry, but all of us who struggle with acceptance. This is why I feel it is so closely aligned with the LGBTQ history month. The fight for acceptance has been a long and bloody battle. ‘One Love’ is a reminder that we are all connected. One love, one consciousness.”
Growing up in Melbourne, Australia, Harry‘s uniquely imaginative mind blossomed as a child. He created horror films on his camcorder and wrote short stories and countless poems inspired by Sylvia Plath and EE Cummings. His path eventually led him to London for modeling and then to LA to pursue his passions for acting and music. He lived, ate and breathed music, film and art creation. For Harry, art should not be constrained, just as human existence should be free to evolve. His songs are Trojan Horses packed with such revolutionary ideals. Although Harry isn’t here to speak for his creations, they speak for him, offering up the view he had for a limitless and more modernized world.
As Harry once said, “ANTIBOY represents the idea that most things that we are taught to believe in are an illusion. The idea of gender, sexuality and race are social constructs. ANTIBOY is this place of true equality. The surface doesn’t really matter anymore. It’s really who we are…that’s what matters – the amalgamation of our memories and experiences. We are one human consciousness.”