David Knight - 29th Sept 2017

Rollo Jackson has written and directed a powerful, thought-provoking short drama to accompany Stormzy's acclaimed, era-defining debut album Gang Signs & Prayer. It crystallises the themes of the album into a narrative of a young Afro-Caribbean boy in London who is drawn to become a 'bad boy', with terrible consequences. This is punctuated by Stormzy performing a number of tracks from the album.

"Young ​youts ​like ​myself, ​that ​grow ​up ​in ​the ​hood, ​we ​often ​don't ​know ​that ​we ​are ​actually ​the masters ​of ​our ​own ​destiny,” ​Stormzy says in the film. ​“There ​are ​so ​many ​things ​that ​steer ​us ​in the ​wrong direction ​however, ​we ​decide ​what ​happens ​in ​our ​own ​lives ​and ​like ​my ​album, ​I endeavoured for ​this ​film ​to ​portray ​just ​that. ​Derived ​from ​my ​album ​Gang ​Signs ​& ​Prayer, and ​written ​and directed ​by ​the ​legend ​that ​is ​Rollo, ​I'll ​let ​the ​visual ​do ​the ​talking."

PRO Credits


DirectorRollo Jackson
ProducerTom Gardner
Production CompanySomesuch
Executive ProducerSarah Pearson
Executive ProducerSally Campbell
Executive ProducerTim Nash
Production ManagerPeter Arboine
1st ADHayley Williams
Director of PhotographyBobby Shore
Focus PullerEira Wyn Jones
Focus PullerLaurent Polain
2nd ACJomar O'Meally
2nd ACJohn Scarabough
GafferColin Thwaites, Diego Moyano
Art DirectorRuth Crawford
WardrobeVerity May Lane
HairNatasha Lawes
EditorJames Forbes-robertson
Editing companyThe Whitehouse
ColouristHoumam Abdallah
Post production companyMPC
Post ProducerLydia Evitt
Director's RepresentationSomesuch
CommissionerThe Fader

David Knight - 29th Sept 2017

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