David Reviews

 Biting the hand that feeds us since 2002.

THE CHRISTMAS VERDICT

For our latest podcast, we asked comedians Simon Evans, Alice Frazer and Dan Antopolski to offer their verdict on this year's Christmas commercials.

It's always interesting to hear the perspective of outsiders and - while the conversation veered wildly off-topic at times - the insights into our world proved insightful and, occasionally, inciteful!

As before DAVID REVIEWS is massively indebted to our podcast partners String & Tins for their hard work, brilliant advice and endless supply of tea and biscuits.

It's available on iTunes for the Appleytes among you.



What was their favourite? As you'll hear, Havas's Heathrow commercial won their hearts with its ursine allegory. But, actually, they admitted to being overwhelmed by the aggregate emotional punch of watching one festive tear-jerker after another.


They know what they’re doing, don’t they, those ad makers!

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Simon Evans professed admiration for M&S's though this is - in part - because he's an "M&S kind of guy" while - as a millennial Australian who doesn't own a TV - Alice Frazer was a bit baffled by the whole tradition.

Dan Antopolski feels sophisticated viewers are more inclined to think about production values than purchasing stuff but he - like the others - is a sucker for a seasonal bottom-lip wobbler.

Anyway, it was a lot of fun to record and I hope you enjoy listening. Remember, it's also available on iTunes if that's your preferred delivery mechanism.

Listen out for the next one in January when we'll be discussing the art of the VO... appropriately enough.

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ARNO SALTERS IS RIFF RAFF

Riff Raff have signed multi-talented director Arno Salters to their roster.


NUR CASADEVALL ENLISTS WITH COLONEL BLIMP.

Colonel Blimp have signed Barcelona-based director and photographer Nur Casadevall for UK representation.


BIG EVENTS TO CELEBRATE THE IPA'S CENTENARY.

The IPA is celebrating its 100th birthday in style with a series of impressive events.


HENRY MASON'S BOLD NEW REEL.

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JOHN MCAVOY'S TALE OF REDEMPTION

At the latest of Just So's screenings exploring the realm of influence the audience was captivated by John McAvoy's extraordinary story of redemption.


SID ROBERSON: AN APPRECIATION.

Sid Roberson was a giant in every sense of the word and his loss has been keenly felt.


RODRIGO GARCIA SAIZ JOINS MINDSEYE

Rodrigo Garcia Saiz joins MindsEye for representation in the UK.


BRET EASTON ELLIS IS A DEVIL YOU KNOW.

Author Bret Easton Ellis has turned his hand to directing lately and - through US production company The Devil You Know - he's available for TV commercials.


DP NICK MORRIS JOINS VISION.

Vision have added cinematographer and all-round creative spark Nick Morris to their Emerging Talent roster.


GENEVIEVE SHEPPARD ARRIVES AT BRF

BRF’s recruitment drive continues with the signing of Genevieve Sheppard as their new Executive Producer and Head of Production.


DANIEL HOPE IS AN AARDMAN

Aardman Animation have signed Amsterdam based animation director Daniel Hope.


BRINGING HOME THE BAFTA

Congratulations to the team behind 'Home' who brought home the BAFTA for Best Short Film.


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NEXUS BRINGS THE GRUFFALO TO LIFE

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JEFF LABBÉ JOINS FURLINED IN THE US

Commercial director Jeff Labbé has joined Furlined for US representation.


ALEX BOUTELL HAS A TANTRUM

The notoriously small and selective tantrum have brought a new director into the fold.


LUCAS BORRÁS IS A NERD

Internationally renowned director Lucas Borrás joins Nerd for UK representation.


REPORT FROM THE SUPER BOWL ARMCHAIR

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FREEFOLK BECOME NEW YORK FOLK

Freefolk are ready to embark on their US adventure as they open their New York office.


ADAM WITTEN GETS A WORK PROMOTION

Work Editorial promote director turned editor Adam Witten to their roster.


MONTHLY CRAFTWORKS ARE A GO GO

The first CraftWorks of 2017 drew an audience of around one-and-a-half million to hear an excellent line-up talking about what they do and how they do it.


THEY'RE FRIENDS ELECTRIC

Friend Electric is a new sister company to the Electric Theatre Collective.


MICHAEL LAWRENCE JOINS WANDA LONDON

It’s a pretty picture at Wanda London as they welcome director and photographer Michael Lawrence to their roster.


BORJA LÓPEZ DÍAZ HAS A VISION

Vision have added accomplished DoP Borja López Díaz to their roster.


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