Masai Samurai is a striking synthesis of culture and fashion; Africa and the Orient. This modernist mash up was the vision of Porteus Xandau, a director whose work could be described as a feast for the eyes.
Drawing on traditional Japanese and Kenyan style, his short film is both sumptuous and avant garde, with decadent jewellery illuminated by neon light. One model is adorned in a full beaded, neck-piece, and red robes, echoing the draping of cloth in Kenyan dress. The other sports a kabuto, a Samurai helmet, bedecked with horns. Dramatically lit with red neon signage, reflected in a surface of water, the visual effect is electrifying. In Masai culture, the colour red symbolizes power. This is embodied in the women, who carry weapons that they wield with skill. These female warriors from some other-worldly realm represent an exotic fusion of fashion and globalized culture.
Currently, Porteus is working for Cape Town-based creative film production company Golden Planes. We featured his ABZ-2079, a futuristic imagining of the Anglo-Boer War, last year and we’re watching keenly for his next creative vision.
Director: Porteus Xandau
Producer: Herman Le Roux
Stylist: Michael Beaumont Cooper
Stylist Assistant: Gavin Collins
Wardrobe Designer: Nicola West
Hair & Make Up: Monique Gazzilli
Jewellery: Ida Elsje
Models: Christina Colson (Outlaws Models) & Lebo Mlumkisi (Base Models)
Score & Sound Design: James Matthes & Daniel Caleb (Pressure Cookers Studio)
Final Mix: Simon Ratcliffe (Sound & Motion)
Editor: Shaun Broude
Online Operator: Johnny Swanepoel
Motion Graphics: Rodeo Productions
Colourist: Eduan Kitching
Cinematographer: Eduan Kitching
Focus Puller: Khalied Manuel
Grips: Alfie Wentzel
Fabrication: Patrick Mulder
Production Manager: Stefano Gazzilli
Production Coordinator: Tadia de Bruin
Studio: Zootee Studios