Effie Pappa Captures a Dreamy 1940's Throwback for Yusuf/Cat Stevens 'Wild World'
To celebrate the fifty year anniversary of his seminal album ‘Tea for the Tillerman’, Yusuf / Cat Stevens has reimagined some of his most well loved tracks for 2020. In times like these, Wild World reminds us that even the toughest days can be brightened by the optimistic perspective of youth.
Drawing inspiration from the 1942 classic movie Casablanca, director Effie Pappa takes us into a dreamy 1940’s world of war and difficultly, as Yusuf’s stunning rendition of his own 1970’s track guides our thoughts towards hope, and the belief in better. Rendering a modern day filter on the 1940s story reveals how different yet how similar some of the global issues we now face.
Developed and produced remotely between the UK and Greece, the video is a testament to the spirit of optimism in the new world we find ourselves in.
“The film shows how much we need art to direct our thoughts sometimes towards inexpressible goals; to relive early childlike innocence and keep our eyes of hope open beyond the clouds of war and darkness.” - Yusuf / Cat Stevens
Director Effie Pappa said:“When we come into the world we are taught life’s lessons through imaginary tales, juxtaposing life’s turbulences and misfortunes with stories borrowed from another universe, creating a safe place. Coming to Wild World as adults, this safe area tends to be neglected and lost in space - a vague memory from distant childhood.
Yusuf’s iconic song ‘Wild World’ has spoken to a number of generations, and to my eyes the lyrics are letters from a younger self. I strongly felt the urge to create something that would equally be a recall to our inner child and that exact same safe place.
Gambling and winning, loss and acceptance, war and love, are a few of the themes that are depicted through this film, borrowing classic themes from Casablanca to reimagine ‘Wild World’ for 2020, and celebrate the comeback of ‘Tea For The Tillerman 2.’”
Enjoy the flight!
Director: Effie Pappa
Production Company: Monster @ Dirty Films
Ingrid: Christina Moraiti
Gambler / Astronaut: Spyros Tatsis
Main Dealer: Dimitris Borotsi Kourkoulos
Piano Man: David Endoze
Sax Man: Nikos Alifrangis
Penny Alifrangi, Dinos Georgakopoulos, Daliana Georgakopoulou
Story by: Yusuf/Cat Stevens & Effie Pappa
Producer: Ben Parkin
Executive Producer: Alex Bedford
Assistant Producer: James Robinson
Production Assistant: Tom Davies
Producer Greece: Manolis Kontarinis
Director of Photography: Dimitris Lambridis
Art Director: Maria Kalamara
Styling: Elisavet Karatsoki
Hair & Make Up: Demmy Stamatopoulou
Editor: Gary Coogan - THE QUARRY
Colourist: Peter Oppersdorff - MPC
Service Production Company: Takes 2
Assistant Director: Efi Papageorgiou
Production Manager: George Pergantos
Camera Assistant A: Stamatis Kouros
Camera Assistant B: Spyros Kontorouchas
Camera Assistant C: Peggy Zouti
Gaffer: Michalis Christoforatos
Electrician: Sakis Kiousis
Electrician: Giorgos Athanasopoulos
Rigging: Stathis Giannikos
Props Maker: Anastasia Papadopoulou
Set Dresser Vasiliki Tsiligrou
DIT: Christos Theofanopoulos
Sound Engineer: Alexandros Sakellariou
Production Assistant: Dionysis Metaxas
Production Assistant: Christos Panagopoulos
Production Assistant: Markos Kontarinis
Category: Music video , Short Films and Music Videos
Genre: Music & Sound Design