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ZHANG + KNIGHT SIGN WITH ACADEMY.
20 April 2022

Linden Feng and Hannah Palumbo (better known as Zhang + Knight) were named Best New Director at the 2018 UK Music Video Awards and have barely paused for breath since. However, they've slowed down just long enough to shake hands with Academy Films.

The talented pair join for UK representation off the back of this crafty promo for Arlo Parks's 'Softly'. Uncertainty and resignation permeate the song, and—as a profound change looms—even the city is ready to leave Parks in limbo.

Thanks to some nifty set design, every building rolls away or ascends to the rafters before the skyline itself crumples to the ground. It's about as far from the Roland Emmerich School of City Destruction as you can get.


Such intricate, ambitious visuals lead joint managing director Medb Riordan to say: "Zhang + Knight's visual aesthetic is irresistible. Their work is like nothing else and we are so excited to start a long and fruitful journey with them."

Riordan doubtless has the bond shared between Zhang + Knight and Irish artist EDEN in mind. The former have directed several of the latter's music videos in recent years, including 2019's 'Projector'—a pastel-coloured take on Edward Hopper and David Hockney. Expect another work of art from Zhang + Knight in due course.



You can see more of Zhang + Knight's work here. Next, email George Floyd via george@academyfilms.com or call 020 7395 4155.

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