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A delicious box of poisoned bonbons

a WIZ FILM selection
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This summer billed by the BFI as ‘one of the greatest ever British music video directors’, WIZ started training under Polish master Krzysztof Kieslowski. He began directing with the genuine cult document ‘Weekender’, the groundbreaking and controversial film exploring the 90's burgeoning dance and drug culture.

He has an ability to cast and elicit defiant performances within highly visual narrative, technical precision and always resounding subject matter.
His work is as provocative as it is sensual, and has earned many awards and admirers, including the coveted MVA Icon honour, joining ranks with Anton Corbijn and Jonathan Glazer.

WIZ has made films with some of the most challenging and respected artist’s today, including actors Michael Fassbender, Rosario Dawson, Ben Whishaw, Stephen Graham, Noel Fielding and artists Alexander McQueen, David Bowie, Marilyn Manson, Massive Attack, Oasis, Chemical Brothers, Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys, Dizzee Rascal, Emeli Sandé, Disclosure, Richard Fearless, Will Young.

He was chosen to create and direct the BBC period drama, ‘The Young Victorians’.

His theatrical debut ‘Tainted Love’, won New Venture Theatre’s best play award.

He's currently developing two features: a contemporary erotic thriller starring Ben Whishaw and a Virtual Reality shamanic drama.

He is a member of BECTU, the Broadcasting, Entertainment, Communications and Theatre Union.

He lives in Brighton, UK.

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Represented @ Curtis Brown by Sam Greenwood & Nish Panchal for drama
and Alexa Haywood @ Free Agent for music film
instagram.com/wizfilmmaker
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  1. BBC drama pilot The YOUNG VICTORIANS

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    Digital media
    Colour
    Running time: 30mins
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    Who has fully realized that history is not contained in thick books but lives in our very blood? -Carl Jung

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    DIRECTOR: WIZ
    Executive Producer: TONY WOOD
    Writer/Producer: MICHAEL LEVINE
    Line Producer: SCOTT O’DONNELL
    Director of Photography: DAVID JOHNSON
    Casting: JULIE HARKIN
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    CAST

    HENRY Jake Roche
    EDIE Charlie Murphy
    LOTTIE Matilda Sturridge
    FRANK Chris Mason
    GEORGE Kerr Logan


    VINCENT (Head Scuttler) Bradley Gardner
    LANCE (Lottie father/Headmaster) Derek Riddell
    MEREDITH (Lottie mother) Alexandra Gilbreath
    AARON (HENRY’S father) Nigel Lindsay
    CHARLES (Lottie fiancee) Colin Elmer

    LOTTIE’S Maid Lorna Lacey
    LOTTIE’S friend 1 Imogen Doherty
    LOTTIE’S friend 2 Katie Field
    LOTTIE’S friend 3 Rosie Palfrey
    LOTTIE’S friend 4 Carrie Bance

    BEN(Rival Scuttler) Adam Ayadi
    SCUTTLER 1 Chris Rithin
    SCUTTLER 2 Miles Mcdonald
    SCUTTLER 3 Jimmy Riddle
    SCUTTLER 4 Lyston Laurence

    PROSTITUTE 1 Tora Colwill

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    Production Manager: LOU WHISTON
    1ST A.D: CORDELIA HARDY
    Focus Puller: CHIN OKORONKWO
    Grip: DAVE McANULTY
    Gaffer: PAUL BURNS
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    Production Designer: RUTH CRAWFORD
    Costume Designer: HANNAH BHUIJA
    Make up ALEX JONES
    Hair: DARREN READ
    Script Supervisor: ALEXANDRA LEARY
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    Music Composer: RICHARD FEARLESS
    Editor: JULIA KNIGHT
    Sound design: BEN LEEVES @ Grand Central
    Grade: TOM RUSSELL
    Post: PRIME FOCUS
    Stills: ALI TOLLERVEY
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    Camera Equipment: ARRI MEDIA
    Lighting Equipment: PANALUX
    Sound Equipment: BETTERSOUND
    Catering: FAT B’s
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    LIME PICTURES, BBC, UNIVERSAL MUSIC 2013
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  2. EMELI SANDÉ clown

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    35mm
    Black & white
    Running time: 4mins, 5secs
    Part-subtitled
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    CRITIQUE:
    vigilantcitizen.com/musicbusiness/emeli-sandes-clown-a-song-about-selling-out-to-the-music-industry/

    promonews.tv/videos/2012/12/18/emeli-sandé-clown-wiz/16166
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    Production company: Academy+ Films
    Studio: Stage 5, Black Island, London, UK
    Shoot date: 14th November 2012
    Label: EMI Records
    Commission: James Hackett
    Mgmt: Adrian Sykes @ Decisive

    Exec producer: Liz Kessler
    Producer: Scott O’Donnell
    Prod manager: Lou Whiston
    Prod assist: Tabetha Glass Jackman

    Script: Pierre Angelique
    Dialogue: Joe de Souza
    Storyboard: James Lawson

    CAST

    Judges:
    Murray Melvin
    Anton Saunders
    Louis Hyde
    Alastaire Cording
    John Bromley
    Philip Herbert

    Peter Symonds
    Matthew Houghton
    Geoff Aymer

    Guards:
    Adam Ayadi
    Sidney Ledwith

    Casting: Sue Pocklington @ Murder My Darling

    Ist A.D. Cordeilia Hardy
    2nd AD: Casper Cambell
    Runner: Simon Lakos
    Runner: Joe Golding
    Runner: Chris O’Donnell

    DoP: Richard Stewart
    Focus puller: Sarah Rollason
    Loader: Eve Careno
    Camera trainee: Sam Newby
    Grip: Sid Jones
    Gaffer: Matt Moffat
    Electrician: Paul Facer
    Electrician: Lee Parfit
    Electrician: Stuart Pring
    Electrician: Kevin Cooley
    Electrician: Delroy Burley
    Rigger: Steve Fitzpatrick

    Production designer: Annie Gregson
    Art dept standby: Barnaby Papworth
    Art dept standby: Adam Wooldridge

    Artist wardrobe: Hollie Lacayo
    Artist make up: Maria Asadi
    Artist hair: Claire Rothstein
    Artist seamstress: Philippa Howden
    Cast wardrobe designer: Lauren Eva
    Wardrobe asst: Alex John
    Cast make up/hair Alex Jones

    Audio/video playback: Gully
    Stills photographer: Jay Brooks
    Behind the scenes: Louis Ellison

    Caterer: Pauline Fenner

    Camera & grip equipment: Arri Media
    Filmstock: Fuji Films
    Lighting: Panalux
    Sound playback: FAB Sound

    Editor: Owen Oppenheimer @ The Quarry
    Post producer: Lesley Queen @ Prime Focus
    Colourist: Tom Russell
    Flame: Emily Irvine

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    One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.'

    -Joan of Arc

  3. BBC history of the world BULL RUNNER

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    35mm
    Colour
    Running time: 60secs
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    Man versus beast.
    The real beast, however
    The one to be conquered,
    Lies not ahead, but within.
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    Cast: Leonardo Fernandez

  4. ARCTIC MONKEYS the view from the afternoon -directors cut

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    16mm
    Black & white
    Aspect ratio 1.66:1
    Running time: 4mins 26secs
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    Nominated best rock video UK Music Video Awards 2005

    'One must imagine Sisyphus happy' - Albert Camus

    "WHAT THE ENGLISH LIKE IS SOMETHING THEY CAN BEAT TIME TO, SOMETHING THAT HITS THEM RIGHT IN THE DRUM OF THE EAR" - HANDEL, 1845

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    Whiplash trailer #1 (2015) youtube.com/watch?v=zIP_gtjDtfE

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_View_from_the_Afternoon

    This video was chosen for ‘Power To The People: British Music Videos 1966 – 2016’ DVD boxset
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    Production Company- Factory Films
    Record Company- Domino Records
    Commissioner- John Moule

    Location- Bromyard Court, Ledbury Estate, Commercial Way, Peckham, London, SE15
    Shoot date- 15th, 16th March 2006
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    Director- WIZ
    Producer- Benedict Cooper
    Editor- Tom Lindsey
    Sound designer- Elise Butt @ Trim
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    CAST
    Drummer- Adam Ayadi

    Schoolgirl- Lisa Shah
    Lonely Man- David Alexis Saunders
    Drug Dealer- Lee Ross
    Chap 1- Anton Saunders
    Chap 2- Neil Maskell
    Chap 3- TBC
    Temptress- Sophy Smith Oliver

    Casting- Murder My Darlings
    Casting Director- Sue Pocklington
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    Production Manager- Elliot Goldner
    Location Manger- Simon Watson
    Production PA- Marco Fuchs
    Production PA- Tim Blair
    Production PA- Charlie Grayley
    Production PA- Mark Lay
    1st Assistant Director- Barry Wasserman
    2nd Assistant Director- Tom White
    3rd Assistant Director- Adam Morris
    Directors Assistant- Claire Griffiths
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    DoP- Tom Townend
    Focus Puller- Oleg Poupko
    Clapper Loader- Catherine Brown
    Grip- LLewllyn Hrrison
    Gaffer- Steve Hudson
    Electrician- Larry Deacon
    Electrician- Mick Giannotti
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    Art Director- Annie Gregson
    Standby Props- Adam Makin
    Construction- Barnaby Papworth

    Wardrobe- Lisa Lindley Jones
    Wardrobe Assistant- Sara Darling

    Make-up- Sasha Souter
    Audio Playback- Baines

    Fox Handler- c/o Jim Clubb
    Night Set Security- c/o Simon Watson
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    Offline edit- Metropolis
    Colourist- Tom Russell @ VTR
    Flame artist- Mark Skrgatic @VTR
    FX- Dan Sollice

    EQUIPMENT
    Camera & Grip- Arri Media
    Lighting- AFM
    Video Playback- Arri Media
    Film Stock- That’s a Wrap
    Laboratory- Todd AO
    Walkies- WaveEnd
    Playback Dats- FAB Sound
    Audio Playback- Bettersound

    Catering- Mobile Mouthful
    Winniebago & Dining Bus- Wrap & Roll
    Honeywagon & Camera Car- Lift & Shoot
    Insurance- Robertson Taylor
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    ARCTIC MONKEYS are:
    Alex Turner – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, lead guitar
    Jamie Cook – lead guitar, rhythm guitar, backing vocals
    Andy Nicholson – bass, backing vocals
    Matt Helders – drums, percussion
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    'You have created a self contained world with it’s own frame of reference…whatever you choose will be appropriate to creating and extending and exploring the themes in our lives and in the song. A celebration of music, of life, of the loner, the obsessive, the poet or musician on their own terms of what it is to be alive and not at the beck and call or whim of an insensitive and sometimes hostile society. Courageous in the face of all this… But they are not always alone…some people are touched and changed by them…some are fellow ‘warriors of the heart’ and come to offer support. Some are affronted and threatened by it… some need to control it and envy it… some just want to share in it'
    -Ist AD Barry Wasserman pre-production script notes.

  5. OASIS falling down feat Natasha O'Keefe

    "At a dinner party, she'd catch my eye and we'd get the giggles until the tears ran down our faces. We couldn't stop. She was a great giggler."

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    16mm
    Colour
    Aspect ratio 1.66:1
    Running time: 4mins 26secs
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    CRITIQUE:
    promonews.tv/videos/2009/02/11/oasis’s-falling-down-wiz/2015

    vulture.com/2009/02/new_royal-baiting_oasis_video.html

    slideshare.net/ShaunButler/wiz-music-video-director-9426327

    Winner: best editing Tom Lindsay UK Music Video Awards 2008
    Nominated: best video UK Music Video Awards 2008
    Nominated: best cinematography UK Music Video Awards 2008
    This video was chosen for ‘Power To The People: British Music Videos 1966 – 2016’ DVD boxset

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    Shoot dates: 23rd & 24th September 2008

    Production Company: Factory Films
    Executive Producers: Paul Fennelly, Toby Hyde
    Record Company: Big Brother Recordings Ltd
    Commissioner: Emma Greengrass
    Management: Ignition Management

    Locations: Trelawney Estate, Hackney, London E9.
    Oceans, Mare Street, Hackney London, E8
    High Cannons, Well End, Borehamwood, Herts

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    Casting Director: Julie Tomkins

    CAST (includes)
    Princess: Natasha O'Keef
    Minder: Matt Houghton
    Lady in waiting: Rosey Trickett

    Crack house:
    Matriarch: Jean Sylvia Sharman
    Bouncer: Michael Budd
    Sex workers: Gloria Ajinzea, Marlando Vassell

    Red Carpet:
    Oasis: As themselves
    Compare: Kim Fenton
    Paparazzi: Al de Perez
    Celebrity: Rosie Bryan

    Palace family:
    Prince Phillip: John Hocking
    Juliette James,
    Paulita Sedgewick,
    Ashley Rae,
    Josephine Taylor,
    Tim Rooney,
    Ray Wazner,
    Louise Whiston,
    Sidney Ledwith,
    Dan Cove
    Gareth Hughes

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    CREW
    Director: WIZ
    Producer: Benedict Cooper

    Production: Tim Blair
    Production: Shireen Bahmanizad
    Production: Finn James

    1st Assistant Director: Barry Wasserman
    2nd Assistant Director: Kerry Green
    Runner: Neil Layton

    Director of Photography: Daniel Landin BSC
    Focus Puller: Jon Mitchell
    Clapper Loader: Iya Vandenbuusche
    Grip: Colin Strachan
    Gaffer: Barry Reed
    Electrician: Paul Harris
    Genie Operator: Taylor Russell

    Art Director: Ben Ansell

    Make-Up Artist: Janeen Witherspoon
    Hairdresser: Brendan Sheehy

    Stylist: Hannah Bhuiya
    Wardrobe Assistant: Katy Boon

    Stills Photographer: Ali Tollervey

    Unit Driver: Ali Sohrabi
    Dining Bus Driver: Nick Jewell
    Security: Spike
    Security: Alkan

    Editor: Tom Lindsey
    Colourist: Tom Russell
    Flame artist: Dan Lorenzini

    Creative consultant: Desmond Penny

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    EQUIPMENT
    Camera: Take 2 Films
    Lighting: Arri Focus
    Audio Playback: FAB
    Walkie Talkies: FAB
    Catering: Cooking Crew
    Dining Buss: Dining Bus Services
    Honey Wagon: Dining Bus Services
    Laboratory: Todd AO
    Telecine: Prime Focus
    Offline: Trim Editing
    Online: Prime Focus
    Insurance: Robertson Taylor

    ‘THE RULING CLASS ARE NEVER MORE DANGEROUS THAN WHEN THEY ARE DOING IMPRESSIONS OF HUMAN BEINGS’

  6. WILL YOUNG like a river

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    35mm
    Black & white
    Running time: 3mins, 56secs
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    Interview: promonews.tv/interviews/wiz-being-artist-about-confronting-dark-side

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    Location: Stage 1, Black Island, London, UK
    Shoot date: 1st April 2015

    Script: Pierre Angelique

    Cast: Shaun Niles, Emily Wood

    Commissioner: Tamara Brooks
    Label: Island Records

    Producer: Scott O'Donnell
    Production company: Screaming Target Films
    Production manager: Rohan Scully
    1st AD: Casper Campbell
    DoP: Daniel Landin
    Focus puller: Derrick Peters
    2nd AC: Felix Pickles
    Gaffer: Jason Martin
    Production designer: Ruth Crawford
    Costume designer: Stevi Jelbart
    Hair: Paul Percival
    Make-up: Bebe Newson

    Editor: Tom Lindsay @ Trim
    Colourist: Tom Russell @ Preditors
    Post production: The Mill
    Post producer: Kayleigh Macdonald, Dan Kreeger
    VFX: Brad Wood, Milo Paterson, Chris Scott, Gavin Marler

    'The beast's hide and horn,
    The man's flesh and bone,
    No telling one from the other...
    Except for
    This lust: all too human
    This rage: all too human
    This hard heart: all too human
    This life in darkness: all too human
    This deal with death: all too human
    This inescapable sorrow: all too
    human...'
    -David Harsent

    "I look through the eyes of the beast to find the man" the Minotaur concludes.

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