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    • Find Your PowerLancôme celebrate the relaunch of their most popular Ultra Wear foundation by finding a woman to represent each of the forty shades available.
    • You raise me up.Mental health charity Time to Change launches a punchy film designed to encourage men to support a friend in need.
    • An hour with Alma Har'elOur latest podcast was recorded the day after the London première of Alma Har'el's second documentary feature 'Lovetrue'.
    • Incense and InsensibilityAlma Har'el's startling short film for Chanel riffs on the potency of smell in a fashion that's as playful as it is sexy.
    • Start SoonerThis tongue in cheek ad for Equal Pay Day Europe presents an unorthodox solution to the gender pay gap.
    • Phenomenal WomanSport England have followed their sensational 'This Girl Can' film with another hugely powerful piece of work.
    • StrangeLove for Tubby Brother and Flash Factory.StrangeLove have made a double signing: filial duo Tubby Brother and Marco Prestini, aka Flash Factory.
    • Hazard warningPremier League refs would appreciate this Sure ad’s rewind facility.
    • Channel hopping.There’s plenty of joie de vivre in this 60” ad for Eurostar. These travellers discover what can happen when you just say qui. A lot, as it happens.
    • Arno Salters is Riff RaffRiff Raff have signed multi-talented director Arno Salters to their roster.
    • Not today, bubThis trope-subverting Australian ad for Toyota manages to have everything a car commercial needs... and more.
    • Back in gear... almost.This amusing trail for the latest series of Top Gear sees presenters Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris, and Rory Reid face a grilling in the BBC insurance department.
    • Bill's bargainMother Nature and Bill have come to an arrangement: as long as she keeps the rain coming, Bill will only make pure, organic milk.

CRAFTWORKS

Monday, 27th February.
Betwen 2.30pm and 4.30pm.

The LSE, Sheffield Street, Holborn, London, WC2.

Tickets: £20 plus VAT.

● How We Made... BUPA.

● Dan Gordon on Hillsborough.

● BAFTA-winning 'Home'.

● An amazing VR project.

● The Radio 1 ad that never was.

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Equal Pay Day
"Advisor"
1 min 52s
23 February 2017

This tongue in cheek ad for Equal Pay Day Europe presents an unorthodox solution to the gender pay gap: have women start their careers ten years earlier.

The first arc of the film introduces a father and daughter who are spurred into action when they become aware of the pay gap. The dad's concern is played straight for comic effect, as the nine year old quits school and starts hitting the job market. Sharp-eyed viewers may recognise him as Cavan Clerkin, veteran of comedies as the brilliant 'Pulling' and '15 Storeys High'.

The second arc begins when she manages to land a high-powered advisory role - in spite of her age - because she 'doesn't try to sound smarter' than she is. Who could she be feeding lines to, saying the first thing that comes into her head? The genius here is that you realise who her boss is before you see a second of glowing orange skin...

Illustrating the absurdity of the pay gap and providing a satisfying dig at the Donald, this film is sure to resonate with audiences and draw attention to the Equal Pay Day event.

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Sport England
"This Girl Can Returns"
90s
24 February 2017

The bedrock of the long-awaited second instalment of Sport England's 'This Girl Can' campaign is provided by Maya Angelou's mischievous reading of her own poem 'Phenomenal Woman'. It's a perfect fit for the everywoman approach which drew so many plaudits for the original film... also directed by Somesuch's Kim Gehrig.

The new film is the same... but different. It builds on the 2015 film by coyly acknowledging its success, which was enormous. The honest and relatable depiction provided a catharsis for women who have grown up trying to live up to impossible standards and social media was ablaze with positive responses.

This looks destined to have a similar impact. Street casting delivers a tangible authenticity and it's this honesty which makes it such a compelling proposition.

We suspect there was blood, sweat and tears on both sides of the camera as the athletes toiled, and its makers worried whether they could make a film worthy of the original. Everyone can relax... you've done it.

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StrangeLove for Tubby Brother and Flash Factory.

StrangeLove have affirmed their commitment to emerging talent by adding Tubby Brother and Marco Prestini to their roster of directors.

As ambitious as they are prolific, the directors bring a diverse array of skills to their new home.


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Sure
"Eden Hazard"
60s
23 February 2017

Premier League refs would appreciate this Sure ad’s rewind facility. As Chelsea’s Eden Hazard prepares to take a penalty, we watch the build-up in reverse. How does the midfield maestro stay composed throughout? By using the advertised deodorant before kick-off, of course. While it’s unlikely to give Sunday league players the Belgian’s mercurial touch, it should help keep bothersome sweat at bay.

The slow-motion treatment picks up minute droplets of perspiration while showcasing Hazard’s enviable technique. Neat touch with the garbled commentary track, too. It would be little embarrassing if the current Premier League leaders bottled it at this stage… especially through a missed Hazard penalty. Still, the brand has faith in his abilities.

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Eurostar
"Travel State of Mind"
60s
20 February 2017

There’s plenty of joie de vivre in this 60” ad for Eurostar. These travellers discover what can happen when you just say oui. A lot, as it happens - you’ve just got to have the right mindset.

There’s a vintage look to the film stock, giving the ad a chic, cinematic quality. Combined with some zippy visual flourishes, the overall mood is playful and freewheeling. Long lunches, lost and found love, and discovering one’s dancing shoes… sod the itinerary and just roll with it.

Each cut draws the eye with a burst of colour or a quirky prop. Even the simple act of asking for directions is told through a breathless montage. Your smartphone may feel neglected, but c’est la vie.

With the UK in the midst of a continental drift, as it were, it’s good to see Eurostar reaffirm the benefits of venturing across the Channel. The end result stems from Somesuch handling both the creative and the production. It’s a bold move, but the brand have been rewarded with a vivid paean to travel.

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Sport England
"This Girl Can Returns"
90s
24 Feb 2017
The bedrock of the long-awaited second instalment of Sport England's 'This Girl Can' campaign is provided by Maya Angelou's mischievous reading of her own poem 'Phenomenal Woman'. It's a perfect fit for the everywoman approach which drew so many plaudits for the original film... also directed by Somesuch's Kim Gehrig.

Eurostar
"Travel State of Mind"
60s
20 Feb 2017
There’s plenty of joie de vivre in this 60” ad for Eurostar. These travellers discover what can happen when you just say qui. A lot, as it happens - you’ve just got to have the right mindset. Long lunches, lost and found love, and discovering one’s dancing shoes… sod the itinerary and just roll with it.

Top Gear
"Risk Assessment"
90s
22 Feb 2017
This amusing trail for the latest series of Top Gear sees presenters Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris, and Rory Reid face a grilling in the BBC insurance department. The humourless pen-pusher (he’s stingy with biscuits, as well) has some concerns about the programme’s impending return. It’s safe to say these three aren’t the ones to ease them.

Leo Vegas
"Double Vegas"
90s
21 Feb 2017
It turns out that Leo Vegas is such a vast online casino it needs not one but two brand ambassadors. We're already familiar with the suave yet faintly menacing lion... and now another familiar visage joins him. It's the perfectly-named Johnny Vegas - and boy, what a bonus he proves to be. Having "bigged it up" in the audition, he finds himself slightly out of his depth - and we can't look away.

EDEKA
"EATKARU / Icarus"
2 mins 35s
17 Feb 2017
German supermarket EDEKA caught the imagination in 2015 with their darkly touching Christmas ad about lonely relatives. Now they’re tackling another, erm, weighty subject: obesity. A boy despairs as his family gorges on an unidentified substance that makes gruel look appetising. When he spots a bird flying away, he's inspired to expand his palate.

McDonald's McCafé
"Madness"
60s
20 Feb 2017
When did a cup of joe become so complicated? The sheer variety of sizes, roasts, and finishes available is enough to leave anyone’s head spinning. So this entertaining McDonald’s McCafé ad offers salvation for all those who - in the face of overwhelming choice - have ever uttered the phrase: “I just want a coffee”.

BNP Paribas
"The Day After"
90s
17 Feb 2017
This French BNP Paribas commercial will bring back painful memories for some - or hazy ones, at best. A man wakes up in a hotel hot tub after a night involving, erm, chainmail. Alas, it’s far from the suite life. Only hotel CCTV can piece together whatever happened here.

Diesel
"Make Love Not Walls"
1 min 38s
15 Feb 2017
This film launching Diesel's 'Make Love Not Walls' campaign is hopeful, surreal, and flamboyant. But then, it's directed by famed photographer and Warhol protégé David LaChapelle, so why would we expect anything different? It stars 'bad boy of ballet' Sergei Polunin, who wanders through a wasteland until he comes across a mysterious wall (no word as to whether Mexico paid for it).

Finish
"Combinations"
40s
14 Feb 2017
Finish’s ‘Who Cleans The Cleaner?’ campaign continues to stand tall in this sector. This latest instalment focuses on, erm, fusion cuisine. Caesar salad and orange jelly, scrambled eggs with cat food, baby milk and tuna bake… no, it’s not a Heston Blumenthal set menu, it’s just some of the unedifying things that nestle beside one another in the dishwasher.

Johnnie Walker
"This Land is Your Land"
1 min 40s
14 Feb 2017
This spirit-lifting ad for Johnnie Walker functions as both declaration of intent and rebuttal to the current political climate across the pond. It features a timely remake of Woody Guthrie's 'This Land is Your Land', sung in both English and Spanish by funk band Chicano Batman. The upbeat melody and lyrics sound joyful - a bold statement of identity as the band roam the streets of California in all its multicultural glory.

Hallmark Cards
"Hannah & Henry"
2 mins 02s
10 Feb 2017
This commercial for Hallmark has a sly twist which - if heeded - could massively boost the sales of the card company's Valentine's offerings. It charts the burgeoning love affair between two people who work in the same building. Painfully unaware of a mutual attraction, they appear likely to opt for love of the unrequited variety.

Instrumentarium
"Eternal Love"
66s
13 Feb 2017
Just in time for the most romantic day of the year, Finnish eyewear retailer Instrumentarium bring us a touching story of enduring love. An elderly couple have been married for decades when the husband brings home some new specs for himself and his missus. What follows isn't exactly love at first sight...

Kia
"Hero's Journey"
60s
2 Feb 2017
It's impossible to write about this funny commercial broadcast during the Super Bowl without noting that its star - Melissa McCarthy - catapulted herself into the front line of the battle against tyranny the same weekend. Her unforgiving impersonation of Donald Trump's Press Secretary Sean Spicer during 'Saturday Night Live' was a perfect demonstration of the power of ridicule.

BBC
"Every Element of Wonder"
50s
9 Feb 2017
Olivia Colman covers Tom Lehrer’s ‘The Elements’ with a BBC twist in this colourful promo. Replacing the elements of the periodic table are programmes designed to stimulate the ol’ grey matter. Who said learning had to be dull? Directors weareflink match Colman’s pacy delivery with a cubic spectacle.

Michelin
"I Need You"
1 min 34s
9 Feb 2017
The Michelin Man takes a back seat in this engaging commercial. The mascot has typically appeared as a jolly CGI creation, but not here. Instead, his likeness becomes a reassuring sign on the road - just what these particular motorists need.

GambleAware
"Online"
60s
9 Feb 2017
Online gambling can have hidden dangers beyond losing a few quid on the outcome of a football match, and this unsettling ad for GambleAware brings that home hard. The key to this film is a masterful vocal performance, as a man sitting on a young woman's desk speaks her inner thoughts aloud while she tries not to give in to the urge to gamble.

VoteVets
"Exercise"
30s
7 Feb 2017
How do the dyed-in-the-wool Trump supporters - who've managed to rationalise their way past their man's hot-headed stupidity, in-your-face corruptness, blatant racism and appalling sexism - turn a blind eye to this raw appeal from VoteVets? It doesn't condemn Trump. It gives him a chance. It reminds him of his promises and his responsibilities and asks for a response.

UNICEF
"Harry and Ahmed"
2 mins 05s
8 Feb 2017
This thoughtful UNICEF film reminds us that time doesn’t necessarily heal everything. Harry and Ahmed are separated by decades, yet united by hardship. Side by side, the two describe their respective ordeals. Faces, countries, and technologies may change, but the language of suffering remains the same. When Harry and Ahmed’s stories overlap, the humbling effect is compounded.

Mooncup
"A Period Drama"
74s
7 Feb 2017
Fans of barechested scything drama Poldark will enjoy this affectionate spoof. Squint your eyes and these two could be stars Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson on horseback. They exchange tender glances, but time is of the essence. Riding across the moors at full speed, they finally reach their destination… though we’re not in the eighteenth century anymore.

Paddy Power
"Coach Driver"
60s
6 Feb 2017
Paddy Power pay tribute to another unsung hero: a long-suffering coach driver who ferries football fans to and from matches. There are some lovely omedy beats in this ad, from the lacklustre delivery of the driver's own version of 4 Non Blondes' 'What’s Up?' to the introduction of 'Big Fat Phil' - who gets left behind when the coach stops for its passengers to, uh, water the grass behind some bushes.

Mexican Avocados
"Secret Society"
1 min 40s
2 Feb 2017
In this age of leaks, spoilers, and whistleblowers, clandestine organisations have it tougher than ever. Avocados from Mexico’s amusing Super Bowl commercial highlights the difficulty in keeping things under wraps. One can’t help feel sorry for this concerned leader as his acolytes vex him with supposed leaks.

Squarespace
"John Malkovich"
50s
2 Feb 2017
John Malkovich has built his reputation on being other, gently menacing versions of himself. And even as he turns from acting to fashion design, some things don't change. This Super Bowl campaign for website building service SquareSpace shows him trying to maintain his cool on discovering someone has already taken the domain name JohnMalkovich.com.

Barbie
"Dads"
75s
1 Feb 2017
We’ve known for a while that the Barbie world is changing. Having laid the groundwork in 2015’s charming ‘Imagine the Possibilities’ film, the brand now get the dads involved. “I’m a typical man’s man”, states dad number one. Not that his daughter is fussed. All that matters is having a dad to play with. What follows is a charming montage of fathers and daughters letting their imaginations guide them.

Jaguar
"Perfect Corner"
75s
1 Feb 2017
Jaguar have a case of the bends in this attractive commercial. Bends in the road, of course. The premium brand suggests any car can drive around a corner - doing it in an F-Type Jag is another matter. Flitting between slow motion to full-on thrust and power, we’re given an artful demonstration of the car’s form.

Gillette
"Honest Player"
60s
1 Feb 2017
Jim Telfer’s speech during the 1997 Lions tour in South Africa propels this stirring Gillette ad. It’s the kind of voice you daren’t talk back to, only absorb what’s being said. He outlines what it means to be a rugby player in no uncertain terms - standards for George North’s generation to live up to. An ideal appetiser for this year’s Six Nations and Lions action.

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