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Florence + The Machine 'King' by Autumn de Wilde

David Knight - 28th Feb 2022

Florence + The Machine returns and reunites with Autumn de Wilde, with the epic video for King - steeped in religious imagery and most poignantly filmed in Kyiv weeks before Ukraine was plunged into war.

Florence Welch appears to a troubled young man (played by Jack Riddiford) as a floating vision in a purple shroud, in the manner of the Virgin Mary. From this gripping beginning, de Wilde allows an extraordinary set-piece to play out, with the help of choreographer Ryan Heffington and a visual effects department led by Denis Reva.

Florence is joined by her female followers within the grounds of a half-built building, and she and her disciplines eventually, breathtakingly, take to the air, reflecting the characteristically Florence-like nature of the song, striving for a higher, transcendent level.

It's the second time Autumn de Wilde has worked with Florence + The Machine, following the UKMVA-winning video for Big God. This shares the exquisitely composed quality of that video, on a more ambitious scale, and also that strong sense of female solidarity between Florence and a group of dancers who become personalities in themselves once they arrive on screen. 

A powerful video. But now many of the people involved in making the video, from the production company Radioaktive and other freelance film crew, are now fighting for the survival of their country, and their lives. A truly terrifying thought. Our prayers are with them and their fellow citizens.

David Knight - 28th Feb 2022


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Autumn de Wilde
Eric Stern
Juliet Naylor
Service Producer
Serafima Kutsenko
Production Company
Anonymous Content
Service Company
Radioaktive Film
Service Co Exec Producer
Kate Galytska
Production Manager
Yura Galitskiy
1st AD
Alina Yatsyk


Director of Photography
Jamie Feliu-torres


Production designer
Vladimir Radlinskiy


Ryan Heffington


Miky Wolf
Editing company
Final Cut


Jean-Clement Soret
Yoomin Lee
Colour grade company
Company 3


VFX Supervisor
Denis Reva
VFX Company

Other credits

Title Design Thunderwing Nic Taylor J.B. Taylor

Assistant Choreographer Ryan Spencer @Ryanmarkspencer

Workshop Choreographer Benjamin Milan

PM Ana Castellar @Anacastellarr

BTS Gilbert Trejo

Artist Management Hannah Giannoulis

Artist Pa Catherine Torrie

Hair Stylist Assistant Tan Pham

Assistant Editor Matt Gabzdyl

Editorial Producer Maggie Mcdermont

Sound Finishing Machine Sound

Sound Design And Mix Nigel Manington

Sound Producer Ghazal Zargar Elahi

Cast Florence Welch

Katrina Lilwall Florence's Double Jack Riddiford Jack Riddiford Alex Pavlyk Jack’s Double Alexander Antofiy Henchman

Dancer Sia Gbamoi

Dancer Chihiro Kawasaki

Dancer Aisling Longshaw

Dancer Naomi Weijand

Dancer Kibrea Carmichael

Dancer Zakiya Wellington

Dancer Nastya Khazchenko

Dancer Maryne Kuchskova

Musician Maksimilian Mihkaylovskiy

Musician Lyubomyr Klyufinskiy

Musician Ivan Massalyga

Musician Hilarion Thea

Musician Vladislav Bilyachenko

Musician Aleksander Pryzhenkov

Musician Iliya Shevchuk

Musician Vadim Shevchuk

2nd Ad Masha Verboliuk

Art Director Max Halushka

Wardrobe Stylist Valentyn Bren @Brenshowreel

Makeup Artist Dasha Taivas @Dashataivas

Hair Stylist Iris Onufrienko @O_Iriss

Casting On Set Masha Bondar @_Nikosnikos_

2nd Cameraman Ilya Maksymenko @Maksymenko.Ilya

Focus Puller Cam A Peter Chetverykov @Bigboy__Ua

Focus Puller Cam B Sergei Kolesnik

Slate Lena Sinelnik

Gaffer Leo Sidorenko @Leonidsidor

Key Grip Artem Pilipchuk

Steadicam Max Salo

Sound Misha Nikolaev

Stunt Coordinator Slava Barabolia

Playback Sergei Rupos @Rupos @Cinedigitallab

Vfx Supervisor Denis Reva @Reva_Official

Location Manager Zhenya Kasamara @Ev_Kas

Production Assistant Alex Belko @Itisnotmypage

Production Assistant Yulia Nagirniak @Nagirrniak

Unit Manager Egor Pogrebniak @Spud2006

Doctor On Set Yana Shchebeti

Uk Chaperone Anna Kovalevskaya @Kovalevskayanna

Chaperone Liza Onysko @Lyza_O

Chaperone Daria Sipigina @Sipigina

Camera / Light Illuminator Film Service @Illuminator_Filmservice

Crane Crew Film Technic Worlwide @Filmotechnicworldwide

David Knight - 28th Feb 2022

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