David Knight - 21st Feb 2019

Grime videos don't usually get labelled as being charming, but Labi Odebunmi's video for Unknown T deserves that description.

The video for Throwback taps into the nostalgic theme of the song, with T reminiscing about growing up in Hackney, East London, back in the day.

It's all sparked off when a puzzled young relative of his finds his very old Sony Erickson phone. Then we head back to 2003, with T as a primary school age kid, messing around with his mates on the bus, having his first crush. Then it's later on, in 2009, when he's a more streetwise teenager.

The 'period detail' is very good, with lots of Noughties-generation cultural touches. It's also nicely shot by Arran Green, employing different ratios to establish the different time periods. Clearly a lot of heart, soul and smart production work has gone into this. Very good work by director Labi and his team. 

PRO Credits


DirectorLabi Odebunmi
ProducerLinah Bensadok
Production CompanyElixir Pictures
Executive ProducerMouktar Mohammed
Production ManagerKeryn Mae
1st ADSteven Eniraiyetan
Director of PhotographyArran Green
Focus PullerMarcus Albertsen
2nd ACJoshua Dadson
Make-upHana Cashmere
EditorWow Filmworks
ColouristRuth Wardell
Grading companyElectric Theatre Collective
LabelIsland Records
Other creditsLoader - Jack Pulmridge 2nd Ad - Daniel Aremu 3rd AD - Jake River Parker SteadiCam - Beau James Stylist - Nayaab Tania Production Assistant - Roxanne Tabatabay Production Assistant - Chris Phouphoullides

David Knight - 21st Feb 2019

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