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The Howl And The Hum 'Thumbs Up' by Matthew Thorne

Rob Ulitski - 21st Jan 2022

A young man battles with small town life, in Matthew Thorne's second video for The Howl and The Hum.

Blending documentary and fiction worlds, the video in set within the beautiful Rhondda Valley of South Wales. Inspired by Small Fry, written by Hannah Lad, the concept explores themes of brotherhood, fatherhood and masculine connection, and is interspersed with portraits of real people from the community. 

Shot on 16mm, the video looks absolutely beautiful, and the remarkable locations add a real sense of scale to the project. The performances are brilliant all-round - particularly from Kyle Stead, who plays the central character - and the relatable themes are as authentic as they emotionally absorbing. 

Rob Ulitski - 21st Jan 2022


  • Drama
  • Pick of the Day
  • Alternative
  • Folk
  • Performance
  • Narrative
  • Hannah Lad
  • Small Fry
  • Fatherhood
  • Masculinity

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Matthew Thorne
Production Company
1st AD
Hamish Mckercher


Director of Photography
Adric Watson


Nikki Powell


Peter Schulz

Other credits

Sound Recordist

Filippo Samore

Written By Hannah Lad, Yasmin Williams, Kyle Stead, Ryan Stead & Matthew Thorne

Inspired By 'Small Fry' By Hannah Lad.


Kyle Stead, Leila Stead-Mannie, Ryan Stead, Hannah Lad

Thank You Sparc

Valleys Kids, Off Ya Trolley Productions, Yasmin Williams & Kiara Sullivan

Rob Ulitski - 21st Jan 2022

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