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Kwoli Black 'Can I Speak?' by Connor Maclaren

Rob Ulitski - 2nd Apr 2024

Kwoli Black finds himself in a surreal TV chat show scenario in Connor Maclaren's entertaining promo for the rising alt hip hop artist.

The video for Can I Speak? begins with Kwoli welcomed onto the talk show by its offkey host, played by BINA. It gets weird and uncomfortable - Maclaren was inspired by The Eric Andre Show and Zach Galifianakis' Between Two Ferns - as BINA asks increasingly personal questions, and then barely allows him to respond, before introducing the song.

Then Kwoli enters an empty, black abyss-like space, lit by a harsh spotlit beam, to perform Can I Speak? And his performance serves as therapy as through the song, he reveals his struggle, grappling with coming to terms with his identity and who he is as a person. It builds to an explosive disco setting, which acts as comic relief whilst highlighting the idea of a light at the end of the tunnel for the artist.  

It's a mesmerising visual, with plenty of standout imagery, and a solid sense of direction from Maclaren who sets a splendidly off-kilter tone through to the very end.

 

Rob Ulitski - 2nd Apr 2024

Tags

  • Performance
  • Chat Show
  • Therapy
  • Abysslike
  • Studio
  • Colourful

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Connor Maclaren
Producer
Ella Griffith
1st AD
Jacob Dawes
Creative Director
Kwoli Black
PA
Evie Nicholas
2nd AD
Jodie-Joy Williams

Camera

Director of Photography
David Zrolko
Focus Puller
Max Bent-marshall
2nd AC
Stephanie Chao
Sound Recordist
Stanley Banbury
BTS
Kevin Hadimadja

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
Dylan Schultz-soo
Sparks
Emanuel Neagu, Joe Rowe

Art

Production designer
Flo Earnshaw
Art Assistants
Lucy Martin, Archie Heath

Wardrobe

Stylist
Lala Roswess

Casting

Lead actor
Kwoli Black
Lead actor
BINA
Band
Strings, EJ, Violet

Animation

Animator
Edgar Pazimo

Editorial

Editor
Connor Maclaren
Voice Over Artist
Alexander Lester

Grading

Colourist
Jimmy Nguyen

Rob Ulitski - 2nd Apr 2024

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