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    • Straight 8 will make your Cannes experience worthwhile.At this year's Festival of Creativity in Cannes you can make your whole experience worthwhile by attending the marvellous Straight 8 Industry Shootout.
    • Confronting bad behaviour.The Cannes Festival of creativity is a nexus of bad behaviour, and the depicted scene of a woman's taxi ride being hijacked by an older colleague certainly rings true.
    • The Buddy SystemAXA promise to be in their customers' corner with this intriguing film.
    • A Rogue move for Lisa Gunning.Home is where it's at for Lisa Gunning as she returns to the UK with Rogue Films.
    • Under her eye.A new venture from the Free the Bid team aims to broaden the initiative's scope
    • God Save the QueensThis celebratory outing from Channel 4 draws attention to their upcoming makeover show, Drag SOS.
    • I believe I can fly.adam&eveDDB's first piece of work for Virgin Media is a blackly humorous twist on the brand's familiar bombast
    • Yoomin Lee makes the grade at MPC.MPC have added another canny operator to their midst by signing colourist Yoomin Lee.
    • Impossible ObjectsThis perception-bending outing for Deloitte accountancy services does a classy job of tricking the eye.
    • Ian Robertson arrives at tantrum.tantrum's recruitment drive continues to yield results as the company unveil new signing Ian Robertson.
    • Sight and sound.This artfully shot commercial for upmarket cinema chain Everyman is an intriguing three-hander.
    • Against All OddsThis eye-opening film for Sportsbet.io draws attention to the Conifa European Football Cup.
    • Alternate Reality Roche raise awareness about the early detection and treatment of MS in this affecting film.
    • Behind a SmileThis touching film explores the impact of being an unpaid carer on fundamental aspects of life.


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Ric Cantor is a Friend indeed.

Friend London have brought experienced comedy director Ric Cantor into the fold as they target a productive second half to 2019.

Cantor first made his mark writing for the likes of Da Ali G Show and directing both series of BBC2 sketch show Man Stroke Woman. He's since transferred his skills to the commercial realm, where his brand of character-driven humour has been allowed to flourish.


"Chilled Juice"
13 June 2019

Tesco's Food Love Stories campaign has recently shifted from character-focused ads to fetishised shots of various groceries, with comedian Sarah Millican on commentary duty. This latest outing sees the brand in full flow, so to speak, as they showcase their range of fruit juices.

Some have pointed out this campaign's resemblance to M&S ads of yesteryear, but one can't fault the execution here. Director Charlie Stebbings does his fruity cast justice as orange juice swirls inside a glass and grapefruit juice cascades past ice cubes - enough to send anyone's thirst into overdrive.

With Millican's lilting VO and, erm, Michael Bolton's ‘How Am I Supposed to Live Without You' layered on top, the ad draws both eyes and ears as the supermarket convincingly zoom in on their liquid assets.

"Andressa Alves"
12 June 2019

As the Women's World Cup brings female players an unprecedented moment in the spotlight, it's the perfect time for Nike to release this compelling ode to following passion against the odds. When a young Andressa Alves is given dolls to play with, she repurposes them for her own use - not matter what anyone around her thinks.

The journey from fighting for a place on the pitch to becoming a Brazilian national team forward can't have been an easy one, but it's impossible to not be convinced by the young Alves's determination here. Combining moments of humour with plenty of backbone, this is assured work from directing duo The Fridman Sisters.

"Heart of a King"
11 June 2019

This lofty offering from Budweiser puts the English Lionesses in regal company, as Queen Elizabeth the First's famous Tilbury speech sets out their Women's World Cup intentions with confidence.

A multidisciplinary cast - including actor Naomie Harris, author Zawe Ashton, and former England international Rachel Yankey - are dramatically lit as they recite the speech, words about having the body of the woman but the 'heart of a king' still relevant today.

There are choice lyrical substitutions made, of course, as using some of the original battle-heavy language of the text would feel overblown. As it is, this feels like a measured, self-assured assertion that the Lionesses fully believe in their ability to dominate on the field, football or otherwise.

"The Power of Doing"
12 June 2019

Everyone wishes they could jet off to an exotic location at a moment's notice. Now spare a thought for the humble suitcase cast under the bed, on top of a wardrobe, or left to stew inside a cupboard.

That's the launching pad for this whimsical commercial for Allied Irish Banks (AIB), which sees a red suitcase leave its sleeping owners behind in search of adventure. Like other wheeled heroes before it, however, the case has a fraught journey to the airport ahead.

It may not be stonkingly original, therefore, but there's enough charm and skilful puppetry to sell the advertised bank's can-do attitude. Should tempt anyone with wanderlust into an AIB branch, too.


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2 mins
19 Jun 2011
This amusing French ad brings to mind another car ad with a very similar name... Cog. There are doggy antics in this one and although much of it appears to have been captured in a single shot, it's asking a lot of canine performers to expect them to emulate the flawnessness of the original.

British Airways
"Home Advantage"
19 Jun 2012
London's Calling by The Clash is used to remind Britain's holidaymakers that there's a bit of a shindig happening in London this summer. We should consider staying at home and to illustrate this idea, a jet is shown taxiing its way through the city. It's a triumph of post-production and the viral version (which allows punters to include footage of their own street) is even better.

World Vision
"Kids for Sale"
19 Jun 2013
This Canadian film drawing attention to the plight of children sold into slavery controversially uses the vernacular of the shopping channel to make its point. It's never a good idea to take YouTube comments as a barometer of public opinion but a glimpse of what's being said about this film reveals that many feel its use of satire is inappropriate.

Burger King
"Up The Country"
19 Jun 2013
Having been caught up in the oh-no-it's-horsemeat scandal, Burger King are taking steps to rehabilitate themselves with this spot which aims to get the word 'Angus' in it as many times as possible without sounding Tourettish. To emphasise the fact their burgers are made of Angus beef, they show a selection of stereotypical farmers enjoying said burgers together.

National Centre For Domestic Violence
19 Jun 2014
One of the least unedifying World Cup facts to emerge in recent weeks concerns the increase in domestic violence that often accompanies England's matches during the tournament. Whether England win, lose or draw, incidents of domestic violence tend to increase by 25% after one of their games and it's good that charities like the National Centre for Domestic Violence are casting a spotlight on this phenomenon.

Hello Flo
"First Moon Party"
2 mins 18s
19 Jun 2014
This excellent US ad has a girl on the brink of her first period jumping the gun because she wants to keep up with her peer group. But has she thought through the consequences of falsely claiming to begun her journey into womanhood? Her mother is wiser than she thinks and decides to teach her an epic lesson.

"Magic Hat"
19 Jun 2016
For better or worse, children are becoming quite the precocious technology users as they learn to tap, swipe, and browse along with their ABCs. Like all kids, however, they'll sometimes find themselves straying too far from the safe path. With this in mind, O2 and the NSPCC collaborate on this ad highlighting the dangers of unsupervised internet access with a pleasing visual treatment.

19 Jun 2017
The name Margrét Lára Viðarsdóttir might not mean a great deal to you but after watching this sparkling film for Icelandair, you might want to look her up. If you do, you'll discover that with 77 goals from 115 games, she is the leading goalscorer for Iceland's national football team... and she makes a brief appearance in this ad.

"Natural Beauty"
19 Jun 2017
Any filmmaker will tell you nature has no respect for production schedules. However, patience pays off in this elegant ad for Japanese cosmetics brand Shiseido. Eschewing beauty models and haughty testimonials, the ad fuses green fingers with sophisticated tech. Sensors and probes capture nature at work before converting their findings into art: a centrepiece which ‘grows' before our eyes.

19 Jun 2018
Audi buck the car ad trend with this intriguing commercial for their approved used cars. A sultry cover of 'All I Do is Dream of You' accompanies the dreamy visuals, as the camera takes us on a drive through countryside and city alike... the catch is, there's no car in sight. It's a clever conceit, allowing the brand to draw attention to buying their cars second-hand without over-emphasising one particular model.

19 Jun 2018
"Ask and you won't receive," says this punky blend of live action and animation for Nike Russia. While conventional wisdom suggests one can achieve anything if they speak up, the young protagonist of this 60" number disagrees. Confronted by an older boy on a korobka (concrete pitches found in urban neighbourhoods), the lad decides to let his feet do the talking instead.

VW Passat
"Open Up"
19 Jun 2005
A boy is very impressed with his Dad's new car after the latter picks him up from school. He especially likes the little added extras (that an onscreen graphic warns may cost extra) and once home he tries to command his cupboard doors to open.

Channel 4
19 Jun 2006
The various personalities of Channel 4 tell us what makes them feel guilty. For David Starkey, it's being unkind to those who are not as clever as him... by saying that, for example. For Gordon Ramsay it's "sacking individuals" which somehow suggests that he's okay with sacking people en masse.

Club Orange
"Crucial Bits"
19 Jun 2008
A very amusing ad from the Irish Republic has an Evil Knievel wannabe attempting a stunt in a field while watched by a handful of curious admirers. His bid comes to grief when it emerges that some of the spectators are sitting on the ramp he was due to zoom up in order to gain the height needed to clear the obstacles.

19 Jun 2008
Sure seems certain (or sure, if you like) that the biggest problem in the future is going to be our ability to hide from our robotic masters the fact that we sweat. This is quite a relief as, fools that we are, we imagined extremist terrorism, global warming, food scarcity and dwindling energy supplies were going to be the problem.

Health Promotion Agency (NI)
"Little Steps Go A Long Way"
19 Jun 2008
How do you get the attention of people who are tired of being told what they should do to improve their health? An interesting answer is provided here... get cute children to act out a scene precociously using a script better suited to adults. The result is a film much more likely to hold its audience's attention than is usual.

"Pour Le Pup"
19 Jun 2009
Andrex craftily manage to get past the fact that their new brand of toilet paper is named Shea Butter (which frankly brings to mind a notorious scene in Last Tango In Paris) by running an amusing spoof of a perfume commercial.

"The Score: England Vs Algeria"
19 Jun 2010
Another re-voiced version of the most recent Carling ad once again incorporates England's latest World Cup score into the ad. But surely it would have worked a lot better if the score had been read the other way around with Algeria's score first, n'est pas?

United Nations
"Greening The Blue"
2 mins 10s
19 Jun 2010
A series of films funded by the United Nations which usefully remind us that we don't have to be eco-warriors to contribute to energy conservation. The animated style is simple, appealing and does a good job of supporting the messages therein.

"Super Soap"
19 Jun 2010
Jeff Stark becomes the latest directorial custodian of the poisoned chalice that is Daz's Cleaner Close series. In this episode, Jennifer Ellison faints when she discovers various soapy doings before being resuscitated by Dr Legg from Eastenders (who may be immortal).

Coors Light
"Jean-Claude Van Damme"
19 Jun 2011
Jean-Claude Van Damme, the so-called Muscles from Brussels, sends himself up in this uneven but amusing offering made for online audiences. The beer-makers of his home country must be pretty offended that he's opted to take money for advertising a product that hails from North America.

Peugeot 208
"Your Body"
19 Jun 2012
A man receives his id - a naked uninhibited version of himself - through the post and slowly learns how to get in touch with a more adventurous side of his personality. Unfortunately, the power of this analogy is all but drained by the decision to put the words 'I Am Your Body' on the chest of the newcomer. Give us a bit of credit, eh?

"Speed Trials"
19 Jun 2012
This ad poses the question: what would happen if Orange and Intel got together to make a smartphone? It then answers its own question by suggesting that the resulting phone would be so fast that it would need to be tested on the salt plains of Utah. It's an impressive claim but, if we're honest, the answer provided doesn't tally with our guess about the outcome of this union.

Panasonic Lumix
"Up Close"
19 Jun 2012
The advertised camera brings you so close to the subjects you're photographing that you appear right next to them in the resulting pictures. This is an entertaining piece of exaggeration but we can't help feeling it might raise punters' expectations to unrealistic levels.

Vauxhall Corsa
19 Jun 2012
What says fun more than trailing coloured smoke behind your car? Er, quite a lot of things actually but that's what the people behind this ad for the Vauxhall Corsa have decided. The cars speed through the empty streets of a city trailing different colours that are occasionally meaninglessly combined.

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