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Nike
"Zara Larsson"
62s
21 April 2017
UK Sportswear

Zara Larsson invites us to kiss her Airs - Nike Airs, that is. The Swedish popster provides both the moves and the soundtrack for these quickfire ads. Larsson’s energetic dance routines are accompanied by some glistening visual flourishes - they are Jewells, after all. The brand will be hoping chart success translates to footwear sales.


Lucozade Sport
"Anthony Joshua"

Peter said:

So nicely done. Great touches- think I spotted his cousin Ben, who got him into boxing, on the pads.


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Nike
"Zara Larsson"
62s
21 Apr 2017
Zara Larsson invites us to kiss her Airs - Nike Airs, that is. The Swedish popster provides both the moves and the soundtrack for these quickfire ads. Larsson’s energetic dance routines are accompanied by some glistening visual flourishes - they are Jewells, after all. The brand will be hoping chart success translates to footwear sales.

Go Outdoors
"Better Weather"
30s
6 Apr 2017
Go Outdoors tout their latest sale in this musical ad - just in time for warmer weather. A version of 'Go West' which includes some very questionable lyrics (an attempt to rhyme 'good' with 'mud'), accompanies wholesome outdoor visuals focusing on the changeable British weather. There's a decent idea behind this, but the execution lacks panache.

Nike
"Hurri-Kane"
30s
22 Mar 2017
You can tell Harry Kane is enjoying his new Nike Hypervenom boots... shame, then, that the Tottenham striker is currently nursing an ankle injury. While Spurs and England fans would rather see him back on the pitch, this colourful ad fizzes with energy as Kane summons the elements in training. Premier League defences will welcome the respite from the storm.

Nike
"What Are Girls Made Of?"
2 mins
13 Mar 2017
“Oh, what, oh what, oh what are our girls made of?” sings the precocious star of Nike’s latest film marking International Women’s Day. Flowers, rings, gossip, and, erm, marmalade make them in Russia, apparently. This earns the audience’s approval… but she’s ready to sing from a different hymn sheet with a little help from unexpected quarters.

Nike
"This is Us"
60s
13 Mar 2017
This film is one of three Nike spots commissioned for International Women's Day, each focused on a different part of the world. Here we take a look at Turkey and the stereotypes Turkish women come up against in their day-to-day lives. Beyoncé's feminist anthem 'Run The World' is an appropriate choice of soundtrack to accompany the powerful visuals - it certainly gets the blood pumping.

Nike
"What They Say About You"
70s
8 Mar 2017
Nike leap aboard the International Women's Day bandwagon with typical sure-footedness with this film focusing on female athletes in the Middle East. It's one of three made specially to mark the event and - for our money - the most significant as, unlike the other two, it was directed by a woman. It is, nonetheless, very typical of the Nike oeuvre.

Nike
"Equality"
90s
14 Feb 2017
Having recently scooped a Grammy for Beyoncé’s politically-charged ‘Formation’ promo, director Melina Matsoukas tackles equality in this stirring Nike film. To mark Black History Month, Michael B. Jordan asks: “Is this the land history promised?” Despite the wintry aesthetic, the ad has fire in the belly.

Reebok
"This IS Classic"
79s
16 Feb 2017
The beat goes on in this atmospheric Reebok Classics film. Rapper Jesse James Solomon pays tribute to a London that comes to life after sundown, as well as those who’ve provided the soundtrack over the years. RSA’s Antony Crook has demonstrated his affinity for the brand in the past, and this shorter piece maintains his firm grasp of place and time.

Adidas
"Creativity"
30s
7 Feb 2017
Adidas unleash their creativity in this 30s ad championing 'more than hard work'. Starring supermodel Karlie Kloss and athletes Candace Parker and Becky Sauerbrunn, among others, the action-packed film builds on the brand's 2016 'Here to Create' campaign and reinforces the idea that creativity, along with hard work, is necessary to push the boundaries of sport. An intriguing concept and compelling visuals really hammer the message home.

Adidas
"Original Is Never Finished"
90s
19 Jan 2017
What goes around comes around - and Adidas explores the idea of originality by presenting the familiar differently. To Sinatra's 'My Way', various luminaries from Snoop Dogg to Lucas Puig and Dev Hynes express their interpretation of the world around them: uncompromising, sharp, creative.

Adidas
"Y-3"
2 mins 40s
23 Jan 2017
This ad for Adidas' Y-3 collection feels like a trailer for a movie which doesn't exist about a dystopian future. Designed by influential Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto (hence the Y), the collection enhances the cryptic, quasi-facist imagery of the film, centred around a mysterious figure fleeing from the establishment. Strange, intriguing stuff.

Reebok
"Hands"
60s
20 Jan 2017
At a time of year when many of us are focused on our appearance, Reebok are bringing back their 'Be More Human' campaign, which carries the message that being physical unlocks the best version of yourself. A series of cinematic ads get the point across, with 'Hands' focusing on the physical changes which accompany the mental.

Adidas
"One in a Billion"
60s
18 Jan 2017
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. In that case, Under Armour should be very flattered by this Chinese Adidas commercial. The ad riffs on Under Armour’s sublime ‘Rule Yourself’ ad from 2015. Yet there's more to it than that; it also challenges notions about Chinese conformity.

Adidas
"Pogba: Capsule Collection"
60s
17 Jan 2017
Paul Pogba's capsule clothing collection with Adidas has been launched at an uncomfortable moment for the player following a disastrous performance on the pitch. Perhaps this stylish film with edgy black and gold visuals and an attention-grabbing soundtrack can divert attention away from the critics.

Nike
"Believe In More"
2 mins
13 Jan 2017
This short film for Nike was conceived, created, and directed by avant-garde creative powerhouse and musician FKA Twigs. The grungy-beautiful two minute spot advertises Nike's new Spring Zonal Strength Tights, which are shown off to great effect by athletic dance moves from the likes of Olympic fencer Miles Chamley-Watson and krump dancer Saskia Horton.

Nike
"Kyrie 3: Improv"
60s
10 Jan 2017
Well, you won’t see this on the regular NBA fixture list; it’s Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers versus Questlove of, erm, The Tonight Show. While Roots drummer Questlove lays down a free-form beat, Irving responds with his own quicksilver moves. Anything you can do, I can do better. A slick tribute to sporting and musical prowess from Nike and the Hoffman Brothers.

Adidas
"Break Free"
1 min 39s
6 Jan 2017
An old man who's not ready to give in to being old just yet is wasting away in a retirement home. Depressed and listless, he remembers his glory days when he catches sight of his old running shoes and makes a decision: he's not going to shuffle off into senility without a fight. This ad for Adidas was created as a student spec film which the brand actually passed on... at least before it went viral.

Nike
"Zombies"
30s
14 Dec 2016
Nike save us the trouble of watching The Walking Dead (still haven't forgiven you for Glenn, Scott Gimple) and summarise pretty much every zombie movie ever to create more time to run. Although the existence of certain apps suggests the two can be combined quite effectively... if being chased by hordes of the undead is your idea of a good time.

Nike
"Friends"
32s
14 Dec 2016
Nike break down the foibles of social media in another entertaining ad. According to the Siri-like voice, forty-five minutes on Facebook amounts to hundreds of baby photos, needy narwhals, and notifications that “someone you don’t remember likes something”. In other words, why not do something more meaningful with your time... like exercise?

Nike
"Time is Precious"
60s
12 Dec 2016
This punchy campaign sees Nike dispense with the big names and dynamic visuals in favour of a minimalist approach. The sportswear giant charts modern life by the numbers with a Siri-esque voiceover before reminding us just how much screen time we indulge in. Unsurprisingly, flicking left (and occasionally right) on a dating app isn’t the brand’s idea of exercise.

Umbro
"Pepe's New Boots"
2 mins 09s
7 Dec 2016
Real Madrid and Portugal defender Pepe is a divisive character, to say the least. His competitive nature earns him plenty of ire from referees and away fans alike. Now Umbro show off his lighter side in this ad for the sportswear giant's Medusa boots. The Portuguese is constantly disappointed by the delivery man but turns into a big kid when they finally arrive.

Adidas
"You Be You"
70s
25 Nov 2016
French footballer Paul Pogba might be the most expensive player in the world right now, but that doesn't mean everyone wants to be him. Although they do want to be in his shoes - literally. This hi-octane ad hits us with an unrelenting barrage of witty images demonstrating that while Pogba's skills, fortune and tabloid notoriety don't appeal, his Adidas boots do.

Adidas
"Alexander Wang"
90s
24 Nov 2016
Analogue and digital collide in this visually arresting film from Adidas Originals and director Karim Huu Do. The ad flits from VHS quality footage to crisp modern visuals as a gang of X-Men converge on a shipment. Constant aesthetic shifts keep the viewer engaged while the brand's upmarket collection is shrouded in urban mystique.

JD Sports
"Snow"
30s
11 Nov 2016
JD Sports remix another festive melody for this year's Christmas ad. The retailer continues their 'Undisputed Kings of Style' angle as well-known brands stand out among oversized baubles, and the distinctive production design does a good job of distinguishing them from other sports retailers. Smart, attractive and slickly done.

Adidas
"Pogba"
80s
21 Oct 2016
Footballers aren’t magnets for sympathy, but spare a thought if you can for Paul Pogba. The Manchester United midfielder’s £89 million transfer fee means every touch, kick, and pass is measured in pounds and pence. This vibrant Adidas commercial says forget the numbers - it’s all about the name.

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