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Fat White Family 'When I Leave' by Fiona Godivier

David Knight - 1st May 2019

Fat White Family take us down into the depths of Merrie old England - it's Heart of Darkness, if you like - in this absorbing video for When I Leave, directed by Fiona Godivier.

Elements of pagan ritual, proto-fascism and old school dressing-up takes place in a Sussex forest in another symbol-laced piece to add to the impressive canon of visuals that has come with the latest FWF album Serf's Up.

A caustic critique of an imagined England, from Britain's most interesting band right now.


"Fiona Godivier's new video for Fat White Family is an homage to The Wicker Man and all things pagan. Having developed the narrative closely with the band over the past few months it was important to reflect the aesthetic and sentiments behind their brilliant new LP Serf's Up. 

"Shot over two days in the most haunted forest in the UK and pagan hotspot 'The Long Man of Wilmington', the film follows Lias as he carries his 'burden' in pilgrimage to the ritualistic burning of far-right extremist Oswald Spengler, joining his gruesome pagan followers in procession. 

"Huge thanks to all the amazing cast and crew who worked incredibly hard to who worked incredibly hard to make this story come to life!"

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Fiona Godivier
Leah Joyce
Production Company
Production Manager
Ella Girardot
1st AD
Laura Carrion


Director of Photography
Simon Lakos
Focus Puller
Jonny Lewis
2nd AC
Marti Guiver


Art Director
Sean Thomson


Charlie Von Rotberg
Editing company


Luke Morrison


Post production company
Post Producer
Oscar Wendt


Chloe Bergen
Domino Records

Other credits

2nd AD

Kitty Rajakulasingam

Camera Trainee

Will Marsh

Costume Assistant

Samuel Galan, Tess Pisani

Art Director Assistant

Ben Edge

Fire Safety Officer

John @ MSS Film & Event Safety

Special Thanks

Movietech, Panalux, Michael Cunningham, Lions Part Costume & NoCo HQ Catering

David Knight - 1st May 2019

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