Rob Ulitski - 18th Oct 2019

Michael Kiwanuka shares a poignant video for Hero, directed by sibling directing team CC Wade. 

The song and visual both pay homage to leaders and important figures of the Civil Rights movement in America, particularly the Black Panthers and Black Power movement. References to Fred Hampton, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, JFK, Sam Cooke, John Lennon, Marvin Gaye, Tupac and more crop up in the clip, as well as Kiwanuka in performance.

The plot is also loosely based around Cointelpro, the covert FBI program that suppressed organizations and public figures suspected of being involved in or supporting anti-establishment political activity. "Hero is a song about how the gems of this world always seem to die young, and how those who are oppressed often seem to have the most to offer us,” Kiwanuka said in a statement.

Superbly shot by DoP Jasper Wolf, the camera is in constant movement, exploring rooms and situations in an almost out-of-body POV. Like a fly on the wall, we are given quick snapshots of stories and encouraged to piece them together.

Raw, frenetic and contemplative, the concept is executed perfectly by the Wade Brothers and their collaborators. A powerful work.

PRO Credits


DirectorCC Wade
ProducerPrecious Mahaga
Production CompanySomesuch
Executive ProducerSaskia Whinney
Production ManagerMaddy Perkins
1st ADSteven Olugbenga Eniraiyetan
Director of PhotographyJasper Wolf
Focus PullerLeo Winslow
HairSara Bowden
Make-upSara Bowden
EditorCC Wade
CommissionerEmily Tedrake
CommissionerMarco Grey
LabelPolydor Records
Other creditsProduction Designer: Daniel Taylor Casting Agency: Jinjo Casting Director: Alex Cowburn Production Assistant : Ayesha McMahon Post House: Framestore Post Producer: Chris Anthony Audio Post Production: Pitch And Sync Sound Engineer: Ben Hauke Colourist: Simon Bourne Graphics: Phillipa Brockelhurst

Rob Ulitski - 18th Oct 2019

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