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!"

PRO Credits


DirectorFiona Godivier
ProducerLeah Joyce
Production CompanyAcademy Films
Production ManagerElla Girardot
1st ADLaura Carrion
Director of PhotographySimon Lakos
Focus PullerJonny Lewis
2nd ACMarti Guiver
Art DirectorSean Thomson
WardrobeOmaima Salem
Make-upSarah Buitelaar / Alanna Sadler
EditorCharlie Von Rotberg
Editing companyHomespun
ColouristLuke Morrison
Post production companyElectric Theatre Collective
Post ProducerOscar Wendt
CommissionerChloe Bergen
LabelDomino Records
Other credits2nd 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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