Gate LondonThe Flag We Shouldn’t Be Proud Of


Gate London asked us to help them bring this thought-provoking concept to life a few weeks ago, with backing from Olly Alexander and Sadiq Khan to support LGBTQ youth on World Suicide Prevention Day.

We approached director Mark Blackman and his producer Roxy Holman to capture the film, which was shot in Nomadic Studios on Poland Street, before edit, grade, online and sound post-production at Bubble.

Released 10th September ’18 in conjunction with World Suicide Prevention Day 2018, The Flag We Shouldn’t Be Proud Of seeks to raise awareness of the harrowing statistics surrounding mental health amongst LGBTQ youth.  A revised version of the iconic Pride flag, which is the centre-piece of the short film, has two out of the six colour stripes from the original flag missing, to represent the two in six LGBTQ youth at risk of taking their own lives due to issues surrounding shame, bullying, stigma, discrimination, dysphoria, anxiety and depression. 

The two missing stripes, red and blue, traditionally symbolise ‘Life’ and ‘Harmony’ making this sombre film all the more poignant.


Olly Alexander • Talent

The Gate London • Creative Agency

Mark Blackman • Director

Kabir Malik • Exec Producer

Richard Clatworthy • Photographer

Jokers Pack Productions • Production

Bubble • Post-Production


The Gate

John Osborne & Rickie Marsden • Creative Team 

Beri Cheetham • Executive Creative Director 

Allison Ball • Designer

Georgina Best • Producer 


Joker’s Pack Productions

Mark Blackman • Director

Joe Langlois • Runner

Roxy Holman • Producer



Steve Gibbs • Editor

Marty McMullan • Grade

Toby Aldridge • Flame

Adrian Walter • Sound Engineer


Richard Clatworthy Photography

Richard Clatworthy • Photographer 

Allison Ball • Stylist 


Olly Fisk

Olly Fisk • Make-up Artist