Luke Bather - 25th Oct 2016

Dexter Navy's epic 12-minute short film for A$AP Rocky is an intense piece of social realism mixed with magic realism - set in London, but with universal resonance.

A double video for the tracks Money Man and Put That On My Set, this is an impressionistic take on the thug life, where the drug being dealt are the butterflies that fill the city air. The cast includes actor and screenwriter Said Taghmaoui - from La Haine – as well as A$AP Nast, Skepta, Section Boyz and Sicilian Tina Kunakey, who plays Said's precious sister, and the object of Rocky's affections.

Dexter Navy was inspired by seeing a friend's bags of butterfly wings to jump on the phone to Rocky to convince him that the drugs in the video should be butterflies. Days later Navy was shooting in Ladbroke Grove, transforming that idea into a harrowing, violent, yet visually stunning story.

Everything was shot on black and white 16mm Arri (by Pau Castejon), and 16mm Bolex (by Mark Adcock), with visual effects work at Absolute Post - with a brilliant edit by Navy himself.

PRO Credits


DirectorDexter Navy
ProducerNatalie Wetherell
ProducerLucy Hayes
Production CompanyPartizan Darkroom
Executive ProducerClaire Stubbs
Executive ProducerMadeleine Sanderson
Production ManagerLucy Rogers
Production ManagerEmma Stone
Director of PhotographyPau Castejón
Director of PhotographyMark Adcock
Focus PullerFran Western
2nd ACDan Wombell
2nd ACJomar O'Meally
GafferJulian White
Art DirectorWill Field
WardrobeHolly MacDonald
Hair & Make-upAj Juttla
HairLeema Williams (Tina)
Production AssistantTara Bartlett
EditorDexter Navy
Editing companyPartizan Darkroom
ColouristMatt Turner
Grading companyAbsolute Post
Post production companyAbsolute Post
Post ProducerBelinda Grew
VFXZdravko Stoitchkov
Director's RepresentationPartizan Darkroom
CommissionerChace JOHNSON
LabelPolo Grounds Music Inc
Other creditsCast: Said Taghmaoui, A$ap Nast, Skepta, Section Boyz, Tina Kunakey, among many others

Luke Bather - 25th Oct 2016

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