In pre-colonial Kenya a story is told of a saloon built at the heart of an infamous dusty town “Death City” in the Eastern Frontier District. The small town was inhabited by a group of cowboys, war criminals, gunslingers, petty law offenders and filled with all sorts of vice that anyone could ever imagine. Many, especially strangers and men of God, often referred to the town as “The Dead City of East End”.
Here’s what we shot:
To avoid being hunted down, captured or killed on the streets like a dog in broad daylight, they never welcomed strangers to their territory as they were suspected to be bounty hunters or federal officers. Most unlucky strangers never found a way out of the town alive. The town was partly destroyed during the Great War but has since been reconstructed by the remaining descendants of the outlaws who still control the famous bar, “Death City Saloon”, brothels, gun and liquor stores,
Five generations later, a stranger visits the town with a hope to discover the dark history and secrets of the small, infamous town.
** THE MAKING **
(above) Checking the progress of a vintage gun prop.
View a short video clip I did for the shoot: https://youtu.be/Ti75uaFCqws
Below are some BTS stills from the shoot
Special Thanks to all the production team that helped us achieve this. We’re forever grateful.
Peter Pekat- Producer
Beata Otieno (Ojwa Styling)- Stylist
Kate Waititu (Kanai Beauties) - Makeup Artist
Annerose Njoroge - Makeup Assistant
Peter Irungu- Guest Assistant
Kelestine Amuga- Guest Assitant
Kwach Godwin- Security
Pro Tisa - Gun Props
Location: The Curragh Irish Pub And Bistro
Alex Kirimi- The Stranger
Njuguna Wacheke - Muska, Poker Guy 1
Stephen Ayako - Yelo, Poker Guy 2
Mathangani Kariuki- Blu, Cowboy