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The Essence

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The Essence
Directed byMyles Whittingham
Produced byMouktar Mohamed
Written byMichael 'Buck' Maris
Ashley Chin
April Walker
StarringAshley Chin
Dorcas Shola-Fapson
Rashid Kasirye
Nathaniel Thompson
Music byNathaniel Thompson
Release date
  • 12 May 2019 (2019-05-12)
(Part 1)
  • 20 December 2019 (2019-12-20)
(Part 2)
Running time
66 minutes (total)
CountryUnited Kingdom

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The Essence is a short film series, with part one being released on 12 April 2019 on Giggs' YouTube channel.[1] It is inspired by the soundtrack of Wamp 2 Dem. It was written by Michael 'Buck' Maris, Ashley Chin and April Walker.[2] Myles Whittingham directed the film and it was produced by Mouktar Mohamed. Ashley Chin also plays a lead role in the film and also stars Dorcas Shola-Fapson, Rashid Kasirye with Giggs making a cameo in the film.[3] It would be the second time Giggs has worked with Chin, the first being Victim.[4][5]

Part 2 was released on 20 December 2019 and was inspired by the soundtrack of the Giggs' album Big Bad.... The second part of the series touches on the topics of gun culture, suicide, and abortion, outlining serious issues that affect the community living their daily lives in the streets. [6]


Part 1[edit]

Following Isaac is released from prison after taking the fall for Marcus for a gun charge, the film depicts him trying to get his life back together and rebuild relationships with his family including his mother and brother, all while trying to resist the temptations of his previous gang life, and keeping his younger brother from repeating the same mistakes he did to wound up in prison.

Part 2[edit]

After being caught in bed with Isaac's girlfriend Ava...


  • Ashley Chin as Isaac
  • Michael Maris as Marcus
  • Dorcas Shola-Fapson as Ava
  • Aymen Hamdouchi as Youssef
  • Suspect as Weebs
  • Nico James as Jacob
  • Giggs as N.T.
  • Rashid Kasirye as Camera Man
  • Harvey Allen


Episode Production Companies Released Length Views (as of February 2020)
1 Island Records, Elixir Pictures, Globe Productions 12 May 2019 28:51 2.1 million
2 Elixir Pictures, Globe Productions 20 December 2019 37:08 0.5 million


The film was sponsored by ASOS, True Religion, Nike, Inc., Adidas, Benjart, Fresh Ego Kid, Dollars and Pounds amongst others.


  1. https://levile.co.uk/2019/04/21/watch-the-essence-short-film/
  2. "Giggs Has Released A 30-Minute Short Film Soundtracked By 'Wamp 2 Dem' Highlights". Complex.
  3. "The Essence - (Short Film)" – via www.youtube.com.
  4. "Giggs releases short film 'The Essence' inspired by his mixtape 'Wamp 2 Dem' | RWD". rwdmag.com.
  5. "Exclusive Interview: Poundz – "even I'm gassed about it and I made the song" | RWD". rwdmag.com.
  6. "The Essence Part 2 (Short Film)" – via www.youtube.com.

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