David Knight - 21st June 2021

British singer and producer Wesley Joseph self-directs the mesmerising video for his track Patience, with featured artist Jorja Smith as his co-star - in his first outing since signing to the directing roster at Stink Rising.

As with his excellent self-directed videos for Thrilla and Ultramarine, Joseph creates a visually striking world with a dreamlike quality, comprising of apparently disconnected scenes - teenagers united in grief, two young boys happy on their bikes, an outburst of violence, and so on - which gain meaning when taken as a whole. 

Wesley and Jorja witness these hyperreal, humanist scenes as they drive through their hometown in a white vintage Mercedes. And while distracted by the visions they see, they are involved in a head-on collision.

In the aftermath of the wreck, both artists perform in the carnage of the accident, and then into a metaphorical 'heaven-like' space. The dramatic subnarratives that they saw earlier outside the car come to an emotive conclusion at the end.

Joseph performs from within an expanse of flowers as if he is visiting his own graveside, while Jorja Smith arrives as a presence in the video as the mortally injured victim, hurled away from the flaming car.

The video, shot over two days in Surrey, is redolent of Kendrick Lamar's videos, particularly the video for Element, and the work of David Lynch. It's the latest and most substantial work yet from the Birmingham-born musician, producer and filmmaker, who originally came to London in 2016 to study film, and then began making music, and is now proving to be successful in both fields.

Joseph now joins the Stink Rising roster, and will be globally represented by the new talent division of Stink Films, the production company with offices around the world. 

“I’m really excited to be joining forces with the visionaries at Stink Films," he says. "This first collaboration with them was a game changer in terms of facilitation and pushing boundaries. I’m really appreciative to be in the company of like minded, eccentric creatives, and for having the opportunity to work on more progressive and ambitious projects together.” 

Hannah Bellil, Global Head, Stink Rising & Music Video adds: “We’re so happy to have partnered  with Wesley on his latest single and video for Patience. I’m delighted to welcome him into the fold and join the Rising family. Major talent and a really bright future ahead.”

PRO Credits

Credits

DirectorWesley Joseph
ProducerIndia Bradshaw
Production CompanyStink Films
Production CompanyStink Rising
Executive ProducerHannah Bellil
Production ManagerAnna Peduzzi
1st ADTom Wynborne
Director of PhotographyPieter Snyman 
1st ACJosh Tue
2nd ACPatrycja Cygan
SteadicamTommy McMahon
GafferJames Duffy
Art DirectorSarah Asmail
StylistZara Asmail
HairZateesha Barbour
Make-up (Artist)Carol Lopez Reid
Make-up (Cast)Luz Giraldo
Casting directorHolly Shearn
Casting directorHannah Ashby Ward
EditorSam Allen
Editing companyHomespun
VFXBen Gallagher
Post production companyNice Biscuits
ColouristJames Bamford
Grading companyThe Mill
Other creditsProduction Assistant: Savanna Small Production Runner: Tom Bergmann Location Manager: Mark Rolfe Location Fixer: Robin Scarry 2nd AD: Niomi Collins Runner: James Williams Runner: Lola Ewumi Sparks: Sam Crook, James Owens Art Dept Assistant: Giorgio Lieuwon, Mayleen Faye Moralita Fire SFX: James Baxter Styling Assistant: Reef Aaron Picknell Minibus Driver: David Clarke Splitter Drivers: Phillip Spokes, Heath Derrig Low Loader Driver: Jamie Robinson Action Vehicle: Jensen Cannon BTS Photographer: Nathaniel Joseph, Mickey Q Artist Manager (Transgressive): Mike Harounoff Artist Manager (FAMM): Erin Corrain Cast: Remirez Mais, Desmond Cole, Rita Asante, Otis Wongsam, Kaliel Russel, Dominic Maje, Kelvin Ayivor, Shari, Nessa, Corinne Bougaard, Matthew Moore Special thanks to: Nadia & George Rumsey at Panavision, Cine Lighting, Colour Sound Experiment, Miloš & Alex at The Cock Inn and the wonderful Robin Scarry

David Knight - 21st June 2021

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