27 Sep Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer film
Global music sensation Stormzy today released a new film, “Gang Signs & Prayer”, which premiered at the YouTube Space London and on YouTube. The short film is directed by acclaimed documentary filmmaker and music video director Rollo Jackson with support from YouTube and produced by Somesuch x The FADER.
A visual testament to Stormzy’s life and upbringing, the film chronicles Stormzy’s inner battles and temptations as he becomes master of his own destiny. “Return of the Rucksack,” “Bad Boys” and “100 Bags,” taken from Stormzy’s award winning debut studio album “Gang Signs & Prayer,” serve as the soundtrack to the film of the same name.
“Gang Signs & Prayer” is an immersive portrait of the artist that blends dramatic narrative and stunning live performances, providing a brand new experience for fans.
Rollo’s music films for James Blake, Tate Britain and Warp Records all bear the subtle traces of mid-90s escapades spent clad in Versace prints and box-fresh Reeboks and soundtracked by crackling pirate radio or booming warehouse speakers.
Rollo followed these pieces by directing hugely popular music videos for the likes of Jamie xx, Belly feat. Future, Hot Chip and Chase & Status. He also leant his enriched aesthetic to the commercial world with features for Adidas Originals, Nike x Acronym and Ray Ban . His talent for documentary lead to the viral sensation ‘Tokyo: Where do you know me from?’ for artist and entrepreneur Stormzy and ‘Going on Terrible’, which shared rare insight into the mysterious grime icon, Slimzee.
More recently, Rollo directed ‘First Never Follows’, an exhilarating campaign for Adidas Football featuring several of the game’s superstars and a 20 minute short narrative film for Stormzy’s album G.S.A.P. commissioned by Fader and YouTube.