Promonews - 7th Nov 2018

Hannah Marshall directs a powerful new music video for Iranian artist Gola, using the film as a rallying call to anyone that has ever defied those who have told them 'no'. 

Gola had to leave her homeland in order to pursue a career in music, having been a member of Orchid, Iran’s first girl group, who were banned from releasing music and whose female-only concerts were heavily patroled by morality police, so attendees were not permitted to dance or sing along. Now Gola uses her voice to bring awareness to Iran and the power of women in her country. And Marshall says her visual concept was conceived “as an ode to female potency and empowerment. This individual and collective striving is central to the structure of the video." 

She adds: "I focused on three zones of the body, each corresponding to a different form of communication: eyes (the gaze), mouth (the voice), and hands (the touch). The clothing both impresses upon and provides gateways of expression for the body. The lived experiences of women are complex and the debates around their bodies often highly charged and politicised. Through the ritual of covering up and concealing what lies beneath, the intention is to present the hijab and veil as a self-contained source of power, an armour-like second skin that is loaded with life force and freedom.”

i-D: Hannah Marshall on her Gola video 

PRO Credits


DirectorHannah Marshall
ProducerScarlett Barclay
Production CompanyPulse Films
Executive ProducerRik Green
Production ManagerHarriet Salmon
1st ADCem Ba
Director of PhotographyMolly Manning Walker
1st ACBarney Batchelor
SteadicamWill Lyte
GafferHélio Ribeiro
Art DirectorZoe Klinck
WardrobeKim Howells
Make-upSarah Reygate
EditorLucy Berry
Editing companyFinal Cut
ColouristJonny Thorpe
Grading companyGlassworks
CommissionerAmber Ross
CommissionerHermione Ross
ChoreographerAlexandra Green
Other creditsDirectors Assistant: Shanice Palmer Runners: Alice Carlet, Hedy Mowinckel, Koko Lukaszewicz Spark: Robert Shears, Damien Gray Spark Trainee: Charlie Manning Art Department Assistant: Bonnie Vannucci Choreographer Assistant: Waddah Sinada Stylist Assistant: Emi Papanikola, Juju Sheikh Seamstress: Georgia Smith Make Up Artist Assistant: Amanda Barnes Nail Artist: Joanna Newbold Sound Design: Twenty5 Music Producer: Twenty5

Promonews - 7th Nov 2018

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