"Hitman" from The Wanton Bishops' EP 'Nowhere Everywhere'
“Hitman” the song and music video, are an homage to the Lebanese pre-civil war golden era. Religious godfathers, romantic hitmen, exceptional artists, and shady jet-setters all floating around a Mediterranean paradise in decline.
With the war lurking around the corner, and many more wars to follow, these figures can still be found almost intact in today’s Lebanon, only greedier, bloodier, and morally bankrupt. Warlords turning into politicians, loyal henchemen into corpses, powerful families dismantled in exile, and a whole generation of disillusioned post-war young men and women longing for a time they only heard about.
To contrast with such a dramatic past and present, we decided to go for humour, layers and layers of it, parodies and parodies of parodies, and a general aesthetic that draws straight from the Lebanese and Egyptian movies of the late 60’s all through the 70’s. We used the same recording and filming techniques, narrative cliches, sound design, costumes, predominant facial hair and excessive smoking. It was a whole lot of politically incorrect fun to make it.
It’s a whole history of a country painted in a short love story.
But who’s the real “Hitman” here?
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Produced by: Clandestino Films - www.clandestino-films.com
Directed by: Andre Chammas - www.andrechammas.com
Screenwriting by: Nader Mansour
Executive Producer: Ray Barakat
Line Producer: Antoine Sfeir
Director of Photography: Touffic Tabbal
Editing: Teddy Tawil
VFX and Grading: LilaPost
Post Production Producer: Razan Hamdan
Produced, recorded, and engineered by Fadi Tabbal at Tunefork Studios in Beirut, LB
Co-produced by Nader Mansour
Mixed by Jordon Silva in Los Angeles, CA
Mastered by Pete Lyman at Infrasonic Mastering in Los Angeles, CA
Nader Mansour: Vocals, oud, and synthesizer
Antonio El Hajj Moussa: Bass guitar
Salim Naffah: Guitar and backing vocals
Pascal Semerdjian: Drums, percussion, and backing vocals
Fadi Tabbal: Electronics