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16 June 2021

Hanging on the telephone.

by Andrew MacGregor

The FA: “The Call-Up (ft. Wretch 32)” - 1 min 43s

The trend for elaborate squad announcements continues with this stirring piece of work for the Football Association. Press conference junkies might flinch, but the governing body’s faith in director Keane Pearce Shaw and rapper Wretch 32 has paid off.

This is in large part down to the casting, as national spirit is rendered with diversity and personality. Fans use (among other things) spray paint, prosthetic legs, and signet rings to express themselves, while one even has a shrine to the Three Lions. Who could have predicted that after Euro 2016?

Of course, a lot has changed since that infamous defeat to Iceland. Grenfell Tower, Black Lives Matter, and Covid-19 (“I’m self-isolating, but I still feel the community”) have all emphasised the need for harmony, and perhaps Gareth Southgate's twenty-six-man squad can inspire supporters beyond the next few weeks.

Film Production: Riff Raff Films Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Keane Pearce Shaw
Producer: Louisa Plumstead
Executive Producer: Natalie Arnett
Cinematographer: Thomas Hole
Production Designer: Charlie Hippisley
Editor: Taylor Fawcett
Post Production: Athene Xenia Aristocleous @ Glassworks Ⓟ Ⓦ
Colourist: Jonny Thorpe @ Glassworks Ⓟ Ⓦ

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