David Knight - 8th Nov 2019

After his emotional video for Dermot Kennedy's Outnumbered, released during the summer, Luke Monaghan does a similarly powerful, beautifully crafted job for young London singer Hamzaa.

Monaghan visualises her song Write It Down as the story of a subdued teenage girl (possibly a younger version of Hamzaa) who is wedded to the journal in which she pours her heart and soul. And that causes a tension within her family.

In a world of softly-lit domestic interiors, and nighttime exteriors, shot by Harry Wheeler, Hamzaa herself is captured performing in commonplace London locations - a bus stop, a park - like an slightly removed observer of the unfolding narrative.

And in the girl's story, there is eventually a break in the tension - perhaps unexpected, but an authentic expression of Hamzaa's own story.

PRO Credits


DirectorLuke Monaghan
ProducerAlex Jefferson
Production CompanyRiff Raff Films
1st ADJohn Robinson
1st ADGeorge Nelson
Director of PhotographyHarry Wheeler
GafferAlex Edyvean
Production designerJames Middleton
Location ManagerPaul Davies
Location ManagerJamie Jamieson
Casting directorCoralie Rose
StylistKiera Liberati
StylistJustin Rose
Hair & Make-up (Artist)Yasmina Bentaieb
Hair & Make-up (Cast)Jade Farmiloe
EditorPaul O'Reilly
Editing companyHomespun
ColouristAlex Gregory
Colour grade companyThe Mill
Director's RepresentationHands London

David Knight - 8th Nov 2019

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