It’s great when you chance upon something watchable on YouTube, you type in a broad or vague search term and the results (every now and again) bring you something noteworthy. This I have to stress is a rare occurrence but it happened to me recently when I stumbled across Samuel William’s YouTube channel “swilliamism”. Once I found it I was hooked, and like a newly discovered TV show boxset, I watched a score of his videos back-to-back. Now before I go on, I’ll apologise for the completely inaccurate semi-caricature shown above, trying to draw someone from a moving YouTube video is quite difficult but I guess that’s by the by.
Once I found swilliamism’s latest video, I began watching his content in reverse chronological order, and after viewing his videos for the last few hours, I can say that he’s been making very interesting films for many years. With the tagline “Truth You Can Wake Up To”, Sam’s videos are short journeys through the city of London (and surrounding boroughs). His travelogue-style videos follow Sam at arms length as he speaks to the viewer from his hand-held camera about any and everything; the news, politics, protests, parades, conspiracies, and even art and architecture.
On swilliamism, you can find interesting videos about Freemasonic symbols on and around buildings and you can witness him being harassed by power-mad policemen who don’t seem to know the law. There’s also videos about Big Ben, the Grenfell Tower fire, The Lord Mayor’s satanic parade, and even a pigeon murder at the hands (or should I say beak) of a seagull. Safe to say that the videos are varied and yet linked by a continued anti-mainstream opinion and the search for occulted truth. Given the topic of some of his videos, it’s very refreshing to see something intelligent about these somewhat esoteric subjects (YouTube is usually filled with overtly religious yet embarrassingly amateur videos on the subject of masonic symbols for instance).
Watching swilliamism is like taking an alternative tour of London, seeing all the sights but with added information you wouldn’t get with your run-of-the-mill tour guide. It’s very much like watching NHK World‘s “Somewhere Street” but with humourous commentary concerning the architecture and general goings on. The calmness of Sam’s voice juxtaposed against his left field opinion makes for a very refreshing YouTube channel, and with his Philip Glass-esque soundtrack and time-lapse camerawork sometimes evoking the likes of Koyaanisqatsi, it’s a very unique and entertaining watch. Go check it out.
Sam The Man.