Rob Ulitski - 26th July 2021

Jim Pilling captures the challenges of a relationship in this charmingly relatable video for Grow - the second in the series of accompanying visuals for Samm Henshaw's album Untidy Soul.

Following the video for Still Broke - featuring Henshaw as a very unhappy, lonely rich guy - the second chapter takes us back two years, exploring the new romance of Samm and Tiana Major9's characters Sonny and Selah, and the trials and tribulations that come with moving in together and living with each other does not always go to plan. 

Shot on 16mm by DoP Rik Burnell, the visual builds a slightly surreal comic world which begins when the couple visit a plant store to buy a plant for their new home, and encounter the world's most unhelpful shop owner. Tiana is offered a bonsai tree by a mysterious elderly shop assistant which comes to symbolise the health of their relationship.

Co-written by Pilling and Henshaw, the video develops the slightly surreal comic tone of Still Broke, with the indie-urban sophistication of Spike Lee's early comedies. There is a combination of dialogue and subtitles to push forward the story of rising tensions between the characters, and Henshaw and Tiana are pitch-perfect in their roles as the couple unable to make a last step towards contentment.  

“In the track, Samm’s exploring the idea of having to work at a relationship, and it not always being easy for it to be good," explains Jim Pilling. "He and I built this world around the track, and the story goes to show that even some sage advice from a guy with a bonsai tree isn’t always enough to save a relationship.”

PRO Credits

Credits

DirectorJim Pilling
ProducerFrancesca Di Muro
Production CompanyVidsett
Executive ProducerJim Pilling
Executive ProducerSamm Henshaw
1st ADJoe Mulvihill
Director of PhotographyRik Burnell
Focus PullerEmily Jane Robinson
2nd ACMax Openshaw
GafferNathan Ford
Art DirectorBianca Zehra
WardrobeCarlotta Constant
HairLu’s Curls
Make-upChloe Rose
Make-upCherise Renee
EditorJim Pilling
Editing companyVidsett
ColouristTim Smith
Grading companyCHEAT
Post ProducerCarla Thomas
VFXPeque Varela
Lead actorTiana Major9
Lead actorSamm Henshaw
DoP's representationLoop Talent
Other creditsStylist - Phoebe Butterworth Stylist - Lily McMurry Stylist Assistant - Emilia Gayner Stylist Assistant - Laetitia Ifonge Spark -Marcus Kartel Spark - Domizia Saluset Props Assistant - Roberto Di Muro Props Assistant - Joseph Humbert Runner - Fergus Neville Sound Design + Mix - Ben Hensor Sonny - Samm Henshaw Selah - Tiana Major9 Fred’s Shopkeeper - Blü Gengo The Messenger - Winston Hayles Camera Supplied By Emmyland Lighting Supplied By Procam Film Lab - Kodak Samm Management - JD Management Tiana Management - Left Lane Management

Rob Ulitski - 26th July 2021

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