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Jockstrap 'Greatest Hits' by Aidan Zamiri

David Knight - 24th Jan 2023

Aidan Zamiri takes an iconoclastic leap into new territory, and shows that the stuffy British legal drama is ripe for reinvention in his wonderful video for indie duo Jockstrap.

The video for the band's splendid Greatest Hits takes on a familiar story throughout pop and rock history, when fame and success leads to in-fighting, legal wrangling, and ends up in court in a blaze of publicity. The genius of the video is how Zamiri gives this story a properly rock 'n roll treatment.

Princess Julia - DJ, writer, "beloved mother of London’s underground" (The Gentlewoman), whose first video appearance was in Visage's Fade To Grey - and actor John Foley are superbly cast as the feuding rock couple at the centre of the story, around whom a courtroom epic plays out, delivered through the prism of a lo-fi, trashy, surreal version of Court TV.

As a continuous scrolling news tickertape relays details of the somewhat incomprehensible legal case, witnesses arrive and testify and legal officials of the courtroom mouth lyrics of the song. And the portrait by the courtroom artist bursts into full animation.

With an unfeasibly large cast of characters and cameos - including Don Letts as a witness and Jamie xx on a legal team - this is a satire on fame and media frenzy that hits the mark without ever losing its sense of fun or cool.

In fact, in our judgement, it's supercool.  

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  • Comedy
  • Narrative
  • Pick of the Day
  • Courtroom
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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Aidan Zamiri
Producer
Ella Woollgar
Production Company
Executive Producer
Morgan Clement
Production Manager
Sofia Wilkinson-Steel
1st AD
Rose Lucas
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
Harvey Moore
2ND AD
Oliver Hill
RUNNERS
Abra Thompson, Katey Jackson

Camera

Director of Photography
Jake Hunter
2ND AC
George Power
3RD AC
Mac Christie
ADDITIONAL FOOTAGE FROM
Eva Rogelj

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
Connor Adam
SPARKS
Leyt Said, Simona Pranulytė

Art

Production designer
Louis Simonon
ART ASSISTANT
Selina Abdul Kareem

Wardrobe

Stylist
Hamish Wirgman
Hair
Benjamin David
Make-up
Grace Sinnott
MUA ASSIST
Ruby Yu

Casting

Lead actor
Princess Julia
Lead actor
John Foley
CAST:
Judge Jean Lee
Julia's Barrister Mr Baby Nick
John's Barrister Bitu Thomas
John's Legal Team James Hankins
John's Legal Team Jamie XX
Julia's legal Team Tahnee Kaya
Julia’s legal Team Aggie Mac
Courtroom Sketch Artist Deelo Arizona
Witness Don Letts
Witness Denise Kaya
Witness Paul Jones
Witness Philip Pasquel De Lee
Witness Rosie Marks
Court Personnel Ian Bourne
Court Personnel Gita Bourne
Court Personnel Sophie Chinner
Court Personnel Konstatina Tsagianni
CROWD
Liwenxuan Xu
Eva Rogelj
Saheed Kazeem
Doriella Weiga
Gustas Butkas
Konstatina Tsagianni

Editorial

Editor
Jack Foster
POST PRODUCERS
Grace Conway, Thomas Viney

Grading

Colourist
John O’Riordan

VFX

Post production company
Pundersons Gardens

Commission

Label
Rough Trade Records

Misc

2nd Unit DoP
Saskia Dixie
Animation
Lucy Wei
Graphics
Alex Poles

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