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26 November 2019

STFU!

by Andrew MacGregor


Rina Sawayama: “STFU!” - 6 mins 19s

At one point in Rina Sawayama's bracing new single ‘STFU!', the Japanese-English singer asks: "Have you ever thought about taping your big mouth shut?" Right now it seems like an inordinate number of people could stand to follow Sawayama's advice.

One such individual is Ben Ashenden's ignorant-cum-racist first date, who compares Sawayama with Sandra Oh and Lucy Liu ("Oh, literally either") and cites ‘Kill Bill' as a cultural touchstone. When her patience runs out, it's an explosion of nu metal defiance.

This is matched by co-director Ali Kurr's lurid, smoky visuals, which let Sawayama adopt multiple guises as she performs her lyrical takedown. The result is a thrilling, witty riposte to microaggressions, as well as an unexpected treat for headbangers.


Commissioner: Ed Blow
Film Production: Partizan Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Ali Kurr ♀ Ⓟ Ⓦ / Rina Sawayama
Producer: Ben Pengilly
Executive Producer: Mayling Wong
Cinematographer: Christopher Aoun
Editor: Jo Lewandowska Ⓦ (Cut+Run Ⓟ Ⓦ)
Colourist: Alex Gregory @ The Mill Ⓟ Ⓦ
Actor: Ben Ashenden
Written By: Rina Sawayama / Isobel Rogers

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