David Knight - 21st May 2019

The brilliant Slowthai's acerbic view of Brexit Britain gets it's most overtly satirical video, referencing classic British cinema of the 70s, by directing team Crowns & Owls.

The young Northampton rapper suffers for his art too in Inglorious, putting himself through the mill in the video to make his point: dunked in a half-baptism, half-waterboarding by Establishment spooks in church, then having his eyes pinned open, echoing the brainwashing of Alex in Clockwork Orange.

The second half of the video sees Slowthai teaming up with Skepta, on a tank, with red-garbed troops arranged like arrows and bearing customised Union Jacks. And then, the definition of Inglorious, to sum up a dismal episode in British history... 

CROWNS & OWLS:

"After shooting the album cover for Slowthai's Nothing Great About Britain, we were asked to direct Inglorious. With the current political backdrop in the UK feeling quite 70's again, it felt right to lean into that symmetry and embrace that with the feel of the video. We decided to undertake this one independently of a production company, with the help of an incredible producer. The whole thing was very DIY, and we're so proud of the result."
 

Credits

SteadicamGary Kent
DirectorCrowns & Owls
Director of PhotographyDavid Wright
EditorCrowns & Owls
StylistDaniel Pacitti
GafferPhilip Penfold
Set designCiaran Beale
Prop MakerDanny Froude
ProducerAndy Picton
1st ADOli Falcon
1st ACThomas Nicholson
2nd ACGeorge Nock
Motion controlMark Roberts
GripAlfred Wentzel
ColouristJonny Tully
Post production companyBig Buoy
Post ProducerHannah Whitehill
Other creditsSparks: Ryan Delahunty, John Clarke, Dan Smith Assistant Set Design : Henry Smith Camera Trainee: Lewis Thompson Projection Edit: Michael Laine Massive thanks to Levis Levi & Alex Motlhabane for their trust. We’d also like to thank: CineLab London, Matthew Gundel, Chad McLean and Made London.

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