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24 July 2019


by Andrew MacGregor

Kano: “Trouble” - 17 mins 14s

Clocking in at just over seventeen minutes, this Kano promo is not for the restless or the faint of heart. Stick with it, however, and a thoughtful, intense depiction of knife crime and its effects will emerge.

At first, director Aneil Karia's film is more concerned with family dinners, sibling rivalries, and arguments about who should nip to the shops for groceries. It's middle child Nathaniel's turn, and it's the perfect chance to shoot the breeze with friends. Trouble, alas, is never far away.

When the inevitable does occur, it's swift and devastating. Despite the tragedy that ensues, both Kano and Karia manage to wrong-foot viewers with a surprisingly uplifting climax.

The result is an impressively varied promo, with frequent shifts in tone and perspective - Nathaniel's carefree last moments are captured via smartphone camera, while the wake-come-rap battle is a bustling, cathartic piece of filmmaking.

Cinematographer: Stuart Bentley
Production Designer: Laura Ellis-Crick
Editor: Lucy Berry @ Final Cut Ⓟ Ⓦ
Offline Producer: Nikki Porter @ Cinelab London Ⓟ Ⓦ
Post Production: Sean Ewins @ Time Based Arts Ⓟ Ⓦ
Colourist: Simone Grattarola @ Time Based Arts Ⓟ Ⓦ

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