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FKA Twigs directs skateboarding film to mark Tokyo Olympics

'Longboard Family' is the latest video work from the award-winning UK artist

FKA Twigs has directed a skateboarding film to mark the Tokyo Olympic Games, which run in the Japanese capital until 8th August 2021. 

The project was inspired by the Olympic Committee's decision to allow skateboarding into the Games for the first time this year. This then sparked a global campaign by Facebook and creative agency Droga5, 'We Change the Game When We Find Each Other', focused on worldwide communities united through skating. 

The social media giant approached FKA Twigs to direct one of four videos to support the initiative. 'Longboard Family' is two minutes long, and celebrates the art of longboard dancing with choreography by Mike Tyus and Joy Brown. Renowned skaters Lotfi Lamaali, Marina Correia, Aboubakry Seck, Ko Hyojoo, and Giu Alfeo all feature in the mesmerising action. 

“I had the honour of directing this dance video about the longboard community and how they have used a Facebook group to share moves and grow their longboard family,” said Twigs in an Instagram post. “It was so amazing being immersed into their world, and as a movement artist and obsessor myself, I felt humbled by the skill levels and beautiful athletes that I shot.”

Earlier this month, FKA Twigs unveiled the video she made to accompany the Koreless track 'White Picket Fence'. In 2020, she won Best [Difficult] Second Album at the Association of Independent Music Awards [AIM] for the long-awaited sophomore LP, 'Magdalene'. She also directed two videos to accompany the record, for the tracks 'Holy Terrain' and 'home with you'.

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