Preview image for a video called ‘Wild World’ directed by Effie Pappa for Yusuf / Cat Stevens

Yusuf / Cat Stevens reminds us that it’s still a Wild World

“The film shows how much we need art to direct our thoughts sometimes towards inexpressible goals; to relive early childlike innocence and keep our eyes of hope open beyond the clouds of war and darkness.”
– Yusuf / Cat Stevens

To celebrate the fifty-year anniversary of his seminal album ‘Tea for the Tillerman’, Yusuf / Cat Stevens has reimagined some of his most well-loved tracks for 2020. In times like these, Wild World reminds us that even the toughest days can be brightened by optimism and art.

Drawing inspiration from the 1942 classic movie Casablanca, director Effie Pappa takes us into a dreamy 1940’s world, as Yusuf’s stunning rendition of his own 1970’s track guides our thoughts towards hope and the belief in better.


“When we come into the world we are taught life’s lessons through imaginary tales, juxtaposing life’s turbulences and misfortunes with stories borrowed from another universe, creating a safe place. Coming to Wild World as adults, this safe area tends to be neglected and lost in space – a vague memory from distant childhood.

“Yusuf’s iconic song ‘Wild World’ has spoken to a number of generations, and to my eyes, the lyrics are letters from a younger self. I strongly felt the urge to create something that would equally be a recall to our inner child and that exact same safe place.

“Gambling and winning, loss and acceptance, war and love, are a few of the themes that are depicted through this film, borrowing classic themes from Casablanca to reimagine ‘Wild World’ for 2020, and celebrate the comeback of ‘Tea For The Tillerman 2.’”

Enjoy the flight!


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‘WILD WORLD’ by Yusuf / Cat Stevens
Directed by Effie Pappa

Production Company: Monster @ Dirty Films



Ingrid: Christina Moraiti

Gambler / Astronaut: Spyros Tatsis

Main Dealer: Dimitris Borotsi Kourkoulos

Piano Man: David Endoze

Sax Man: Nikos Alifrangis



Penny Alifrangi

Dinos Georgakopoulos

Daliana Georgakopoulou


Story by Yusuf/Cat Stevens & Effie Pappa


Producer: Ben Parkin

Executive Producer: Alex Bedford

Assistant Producer: James Robinson

Production Assistant: Tom Davies

Producer Greece: Manolis Kontarinis


Director of Photography: Dimitris Lambridis

Art Director: Maria Kalamara

Styling: Elisavet Karatsoki

Hair & Make Up: Demmy Stamatopoulou

Editor: Gary Coogan – THE QUARRY


Colourist: Peter Oppersdorff – MPC


Service Production Company: Takes 2

Assistant Director: Efi Papageorgiou

Production Manager: George Pergantos

Camera Assistant A: Stamatis Kouros

Camera Assistant B: Spyros Kontorouchas

Camera Assistant C: Peggy Zouti

Gaffer: Michalis Christoforatos


Electrician: Sakis Kiousis

Electrician: Giorgos Athanasopoulos

Rigging: Stathis Giannikos

Props Maker: Anastasia Papadopoulou

Set Dresser Vasiliki Tsiligrou

DIT: Christos Theofanopoulos

Sound Engineer: Alexandros Sakellariou

Production Assistant: Dionysis Metaxas

Production Assistant: Christos Panagopoulos

Production Assistant: Markos Kontarinis


Equipment and Studio Rental: Arctos Films

Lights Rental: Daffy Lights

Shooting Location: Upper Bar Athens


Edit Assistant: Dave Robinson

Edit Producer Tor Adams

Edit house THE QUARRY

Colour Producer: Kayleigh Dugdale

Colour: MPC

Post-Production Clean up and VFX: Jake Ben-David

Additional VFX Effie Pappa

Stop Motion Animation Anastasia Papadopoulou

Audio Mix and Design PJ E Davy & Autow Nite Superstore


Teaser Trailer: Aggie Baek