Mika 'San Remo' by WIZ
Mika's San Remo is all upbeat sparking froth, about a Italian seaside town that was a popular destination for the beautiful people in the age of La Dolce Vita. But WIZ's video explores the flipside of that era, when homosexuality was illegal, and freedom of expression invited ruin.
WIZ uses brilliant technique and economy of shots to tell the story of a man who is caught between desire and fear - and features an excellent performance from Mika himself in the main role.
The use of a radio interview is crucial in establishing the scenario before we even here a note of the song. But when we do hear it, it becomes far more evocative and poignant as we already have some insight into Mika's character.
WIZ has achieved this apparent alchemy before - transforming pop stars you may dismiss as being one-dimensional as intriguing, even heroic figures. But it does not make it any less remarkable when he does it. And this is a remarkable video - beautifully shot by Catherine Derry. It has a heart as big as San Remo itself.
|Executive Producer||Bonnie Anthony|
|Executive Producer||Imogen Harrison|
|Service Company||Hello Captain, Croatia|
|Service Producer||Dominik Bunjevac|
|Director of Photography||Catherine Derry|
|Edit Producer||Tatyana Alexandra|
|Editing company||Trim Editing|
|Post Producer||Tamara Mennell|
|Post production company||Black Kite Studios|
|Other credits||VO: Angelo Cola & Aldo Alessio Post sound recordist: Tom Sichel Recording facility: Voiceover Soho Sound mix: John Purcell Sound company: Guilt Free Post|
WIZ teams up yet again with Kasabian for a jailhouse rock of sorts.
Rob Jelley keeps it basic and appropriately contained for his performance video of young rock outfit Crowns' Four Walls. https://www.youtube.com/watchv=skT9wQCHA7o
Very good to see WIZ back in action. And his first video in absolutely ages is also unusual for him.
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