David Knight - 5th Oct 2016

Joao Retorta creates an unusually impressionistic, even headspinning tribute to UK Garage for Essess's Trust In Me, featuring Malika. With a format mash-up of film and old school VHS, it's a nostalgic take on the UKG culture, capturing the clothes, the chemistry and sheer excitement of a classic night out.

And it's also informed by a breathless, almost manic energy, with a brilliantly kinetic edit by Jack Singer.


"The idea was to create a nostalgic, British piece that celebrated UKG culture. With that in mind, I was interested in creating and exploring a feeling and an energy on screen, as opposed to a narrative or a story. I approached it as if I’ve found a box of tapes hidden in my older uncle’s basement. Hours of uncensored footage of what they were up to back in the day. My main aim was for it to be authentic and for the viewer not to question the relationship between the group, and just follow the energy.

"As for Malika’s performance I separated in two moments and moods. Intimate and personal for the verses, and bigger for the choruses, using the iconic low-angle shot that was used on tons of classic UKG videos."

PRO Credits


DirectorJoao Retorta
ProducerGloria Bowman
ProducerDrew O'Neill
Production CompanyBullion Productions
Production ManagerJake Flowers
Director of PhotographyBen Marshall
GafferOllie Craig
Art DirectorAoife Blair
WardrobeCurtly Thomas
Hair & Make-upHattie Todd
EditorJack Singer
Editing companyCut+Run
ColouristToby Tomkins
Grading companyCHEAT
Lead actorZakia Sewell, Ellie Tanner, Elliot Warren, Sheldon Philbert
Director's RepresentationOB Management
CommissionerLisa Foo, Joel Quartey, Dan Harris
LabelGet Twisted Records
Other creditsLoader: Martine Wolff, Roland Philips Camera Trainee: Chris Chan, Kharn Roberts Runner: Carla Osterheld

David Knight - 5th Oct 2016

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