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Zhang + Knight Sign to Academy Films

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The directing duo join Academy’s roster for UK representation

Zhang + Knight Sign to Academy Films

Zhang + Knight are a London based directing duo who create vivid films within dreamlike environments. Their unique imagery uses light and shade to construct texture rich compositions, a symptom perhaps of Zhang’s desire to be a painter in another life (Knight wanted to be an opera singer).

Their video ‘Softly’ for Arlo Parks showcases their dazzling set design with a surreal cityscape unravelling before her. Promos for London Grammar, Meryem Aboulouafa and Eden have been awarded at D&AD, Creative Circle and Kinsale and Zhang + Knight also won Best New Director at the UKMVAs in 2018. Their 2019 short film ‘Sweep Away Hungry Ghosts’ gained Official Selection at Slamdance and won them a place on the BFI Flare X BAFTA Mentorship Program.

Zhang + Knight’s commercial work is an echo of their unique promos, with campaigns for Mercedes, Hawaiian Airlines, Maserati and more highlighting their trademarks: vibrant colours and a distinctive visual world.

Academy’s joint MD Medb Riordan said of the new signing: "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.”

They are currently writing their first long form narrative piece.

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Academy Films, Wed, 20 Apr 2022 10:40:29 GMT