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The Smile 'Free In The Knowledge' by Leo Leigh

David Knight - 29th Apr 2022

Leo Leigh's debut video, for Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood's new project The Smile, is a singularly intense experience. Leigh more or less dispenses with the causes of a trauma to confront the viewer with the harrowing results. You can only watch and wonder why - while listening to the altogether more gentle Free In The Knowledge.

There are a couple of remarkable performances in the video, demonstrating distress and anguish in such visceral ways that it's hard not to think that some genuinely bad stuff happened just prior to when the camera started to roll.

Halfway through, there are glimpses of exposition, snatches of other characters, and a ritualistic ceremony, suggestng the power dynamic of this haggard forest tribe. But it's those first two minutes that leave the most powerful impression.       

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Leo Leigh
Producer
Maddy Perkins
Executive Producer
Maëva Demurger
1st AD
Clara Paris
Production Manager
Jack Stacey
Production Assistant
Meredith Bratton, Chelia Batkin
Creative Director's Assistant
Skyla Van Der Pols
On Set Director's Assistant
Arlo O’Callaghan
2nd AD
Charlotte Miller
Runner
Archie Enfield

Camera

Director of Photography
Olan Collardy
Focus Puller
Rupert Hornstein
2nd AC
Kairo Jones
Camera trainee
James Groves
Bolex Camera Op
Lloyd Cook
Stills Photographer
Ned Botwood

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
Krunel Saadrani

Art

Production designer
Lucie Red
Art Director
Abi Ford
Art Dept Asst
David Ashby
Art Dept Asst
Molly Martinez Hackney

Wardrobe

Wardrobe
Holly Rebecca
Hair & Make-up
Natasha Lawes
Costume Asst
Anna Zamora, Rachel Owen
HMU Asst
Anya McDevitt

Choreography

Dance Choreographer
Felix Denton

Casting

CAST
Paul Hilton, Paraic Morrissey, Bryony Miller, Daryl "Jon" Hembrough, James Asare, Milly Cope, Natasha Livingstonel, Michael Anthony Hyman, Steven Hanley, Tirimisyu Raheem
Alex Delis, Freya Warsi, Michael Morrissey, Olly Simmons

Editorial

Editor
Dave Davis
Editing company
Trim Editing

Grading

Colourist
Simone Grattarola
Colour grade company
Time Based Arts

Agent

Director's Representation
André Reid

Commission

Commissioner

Misc

Film stock

Other credits

SFX & Fire officer

Steve Hunt, Harry Woodvyine

H&S / Medic

Karl Omer

Special thanks

Panavision

SHL Lighting

Southwood Farm

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