Brooke Fraser's first internationally released track 'Lifeline' netted her a Single of the Year nomination at the 2004 Vodafone NZ Music Awards. Inspired by a scene in movie Midnight Cowboy, the striking scenic music video was created by merging footage of Fraser walking around Auckland — a time-consuming method requiring meticulous attention to detail. This version of 'Lifeline' is actually the second; the track was rerecorded with a heavier rock sound and given a new music video, for Australian release. 'Lifeline' was the second single off Fraser's debut album What to Do with Daylight, which spent 65+ weeks on the Kiwi music charts.
Steal from the best. I stole this concept from Midnight Cowboy. In an early scene where Joe Buck is walking the New York City streets, the camera tracks with him and the film match cuts between day and night. It’s an eye-catching technique, but also excellent storytelling. In a matter of seconds, the audience knows that Joe has been wandering aimlessly like this for days.– Director Joe Lonie on the inspiration for Lifeline's distinctive look
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