Flying High, Longlist - Music Video

FKA twigs, Headie One, Fred again.., Don't Judge Me

Emmanuel Adjei, FKA twigs

Object & Animal

Having collaborated with Headie One and Fred again.. on her latest release, FKA twigs has collaborated with director Emmanuel Adjei on the magisterial video for Don't Judge Me - a metaphorical exploration of the experience of being Black and British today.

Emmanuel Adjei is a filmmaker and visual artist, whose work has explored the realms between film, music video, and art installation. With a primary interest in storytelling, Emmanuel’s mind-bending work interrogates concepts of power, freedom, displacement, and inequality, told through his multi-layered dramatic narratives. Emmanuel’s work has been screened at Academy and Bafta qualifying festivals around the world and 2020 saw the announcement of Emmanuel’s contribution as a film director, visual-effects director, and creative collaborator to Beyoncé’s visual album Black Is King, which had its successful premiere on Disney Plus. Marked by collaborations with a variety of recording artists such as FKA Twigs, Madonna, Beyoncé, Mark Pritchard, and Sevdaliza, Emmanuel’s distinct visuals has received widespread critical acclaim, numerous awards, and nominations, and has been praised by the likes of The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Dazed, Shots, The Hollywood Reporter, The Guardian, Nowness, Pitchfork, NME, The Fader, and Billboard. Creative Polymath FKA twigs has embraced multi-faceted areas of creative expression regardless of the medium. Shaping enigmatic video portraits to accompany her debut releases, twigs has consistently kept a hand in the creative direction of her visual work through co-directing, and eventually directing work of her own. In 2014 she directed and starred in a content piece for Google Glass, and has continued this path by directing work for Nike, Shiseido, and Calvin Klein, as well as her own music videos and performance works including Soundtrack 7 for BBC and on-going project ‘Rooms’.