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18 November 2019

Rocket Fuel

by Andrew MacGregor


DJ Shadow: “Rocket Fuel” - 3 mins 46s

Director Sam Pilling's latest music video for DJ Shadow is a mischievous blend of archive footage and lunar fisticuffs that also features a cameo from the late Stanley Kubrick. Well, sort of.

Like 2016's ‘Nobody Speak' promo, geopolitics is reduced to a good old-fashioned punch-up as the Apollo 11 ‘mission' unfolds on a film set. While Kubrick looks on, his leading men go violently off-script.

Things aren't much better at mission control either. In Pilling's hands, the chain of command is well and truly broken as G-men, military personnel, and even the President of the United States lamp one another.

It's a cathartic watch, and one that revels in bringing the upper echelons of power down a peg or ten. For conspiracy theorists, meanwhile, this is the documentary they've been waiting for.


Commissioner: Caroline Clayton
Film Production: Pulse Films Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Sam Pilling Ⓟ Ⓦ
Producer: Emma Wellbelove
Production Ass'nt: Matt Serafini
Executive Producer: Rik Green / Maurizio von Trapp
Production Services: Sasha Bevko
Cinematographer: Rina Yang
Costume Design: Mr Gammon
Editor: Ellie Johnson ♀ Ⓟ Ⓦ @ tenthree Ⓟ Ⓦ
Post Production: Bruce Langfield @ The Mill Ⓟ Ⓦ
Colourist: Thomas Mangham @ The Mill Ⓟ Ⓦ
Sound Designer: Sam Robson Ⓦ @ 750MPH Ⓟ Ⓦ

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