Aadil Dhalech has crafted a head-spinning hypnotic short film soundtracked by three different tracks from musician Th&o.’s debut album ‘Ebusuku’.
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Conceptualised and written by Aadil, ‘Ebusuku’ is a trippy film that’s part music video part sake-infused fever dream. Perfectly paired with Th&o.’s seductive electronic beats, Aadil created a parallel universe that fuses African and Japanese styles with elements of film noir. ‘Ebusuku’ (a Zulu word, which translates to at night) takes the viewer on a bold visual journey that follows an Afro-Ronin, a sort of freelance African samurai warrior, on the run. His journey is interrupted by a sake bar inexplicably situated in the middle of nowhere. It is here that the film takes a bizarre turn as he gets trapped in a temporal loop where he encounters a mysterious temptress.
While Aadil is equally at home creating characters that will stay with you long after you first meet them on screen, ‘Ebusuku’ showcases his strength at crafting strong beautiful visuals.
Joburg based Th&o. (pronounced Thando) is a record producer, musician, songwriter, and recording artist. His debut album ‘Ebusuku’ showcases his unique Afrotronic style, a combination of electronic funk music fused with afrobeat and synth-pop. The short film incorporates three different tracks from the album; ‘Body Like a Gun’, ‘Prosecco’ and ‘Ghosting’. Download or listen to Th&o.’s latest album here.
One of the greatest challenges the team faced during production, apart from pulling it off with next to no money, was successfully creating the feeling of a none space, or isolation, in the film. This was nearly impossible as the shooting location was surrounded by lights from towns and farms nearby. ‘VFX and Finishing Artist, Blake Prinsloo, ended up painting every single light out. 63 shots I think, 3 hours each. Sorry Blake,’ said Aadil.
Director Aadil Dhalech of Patriot Films has crafted an alternate universe that sees an Afro-Ronin escaping the city, only to be sucked into a new supernatural force. The three songs used in the film change according to the atmosphere, but beautiful, bold visuals stand out, and the film feels both warm and very lonely.
The Aadil Dhalech-directed video opens up with a dark, ominous tone visually lingering across the screen, although the groovy beat playing along with it contrasts to bring an irresistibly head-bobbing worthy feel as the smooth lyrics begin to play. Th&o. then continues his journey deeper down the mysterious path as he comes across an intriguing set-up. The tempo increases along with the viewer’s curiosity as the story of “Ebusuku” continues to unfold.
Content like this is the reason I started TATC. We have so much artistic talent in our country and when music meets film in a marriage as sweet as this, it makes everything we do worth it.
Patriot Films’ Aadil Dhalech has crafted a head-spinning hypnotic short film soundtracked by three different tracks from musician Th&o.’s debut album ‘Ebusuku’.
Siren: Liza Scholtz
Director: Aadil Dhalech
Exec Producer: Zayd Halim
Producer: Deenan Naidoo
Production Manager: Angus Maresch
Production Coordinator: Jade Aspeling
1st AD: Angus Maresch
Editor: Stephen Du Plessis
Online Artist & VFX: Blake Prinsloo
Colourist: Terry Simpson
Director of Photography: Devin Toselli
Focus Puller/AC: Quinton Fredericks
Camera Trainee: Luke Manuel
Drone Operator: Wesley Green
Drone Camera Operator: Jono Searle
Gaffer: Marcel Shimba
Best Boy lighting: Dean McGowan
Spark: Maisibulele Bele
Key Grip: Adrian Van As
Best Boy Grip: Zane Kassiem
Grip Assistant: Mafika Masombuka
Art Director: Laurence Bishop
Art Assistant: Conor Ralphs
Art Runner: Brevan Kleinveld
Pyro Technician: Doug Hardy
Auto Detailer: Ryan Parker
Rigger: Robin Murphy
Wardrobe Stylist: Gabrielle de Gersigny
Costume Designer: Bayson Moreni
Hair & Makeup: Hillary de Villiers