David Knight - 17th Oct 2019

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. 

PRO Credits


ProducerRob Jelley
Production CompanyMy Accomplice
Executive ProducerBonnie Anthony
Executive ProducerImogen Harrison
Service CompanyHello Captain, Croatia
Service ProducerDominik Bunjevac
Director of PhotographyCatherine Derry
WardrobeLeena Mistry
EditorEd Hanbury
Edit ProducerTatyana Alexandra
Editing companyTrim Editing
ColouristRichard Fearon
Post ProducerTamara Mennell
Post production companyBlack Kite Studios
Other creditsVO: Angelo Cola & Aldo Alessio Post sound recordist: Tom Sichel Recording facility: Voiceover Soho Sound mix: John Purcell Sound company: Guilt Free Post

David Knight - 17th Oct 2019

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