David Reviews

 "You're not an artist, Peggy. You solve problems." Don Draper.

    • Jara Moravec joins HAMLET.Czech filmmaker Jara Moravec has joined HAMLET for representation across Belgium, France, China, The Netherlands and Japan.
    • Just a Lidl further.Adland's yomp towards post-pandemic life continues with this hard-working spot for Lidl.
    • Vision swoop for Kai Blamey.Vision's Emerging Artists roster continues to grow with the addition of cinematographer Kai Blamey.
    • Soft and strong.Keen to beat IKEA at their own game, Skoda introduce their own anthropomorphic robots.
    • In excess.Apple bid farewell to superfluous computer accessories in this 60" musical.
    • Masculine mash-up.Social media sensation Ehiz breaks down toxic masculinity in this entertaining film for BBC Three.
    • Introducing Park Village Stills.Park Village have added a stills photography wing to their already strong offering.
    • Sebastian Thiel heads to MindsEyeMindsEye have added writer, director, and producer Sebastian Thiel to their roster for commercial representation.
    • The joy of single screening.Vivo urge us to put our phones down for a bit and watch the football.
    • Jim Weedon enlists with The Visionaries.Experienced commercials director Jim Weedon has joined the freelance roster at The Visionaries.


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"Purr and Grr"
22 June 2021

Keen to beat IKEA at their own game, Skoda introduce their own anthropomorphic robots. Purr and Grr are shown to have very different personalities as they grow up - one boisterous and outgoing, the other quiet and gentle - and they struggle to find a place in the world as a result. Fortunately, the advertised marque has room for two pairs of electronic hands.

Director Frederic Planchon creates a lovely sense of magical realism here, balancing moments of comedy (an unexpected mobius strip of shopping trolleys is a delightful addition) with the siblings' repeated sense of defeat as they figure out employment through trial and error. Polished animation means the quirky pair blend in seamlessly with their environment, too.

Apple iPad
"Out There"
18 June 2021

Those allergic to musicals are in a tough spot right now. As Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 'In the Heights' arrives in cinemas and Andrew Lloyd-Webber fights to release a Cinderella stage show, Apple present their own toe-tapping effort: a farewell to excessive computer accessories, attachments, and thingymabobs.

The cast are endearingly pathetic, encumbered by the dark days of PC World's stockroom. This is contrasted with the spacious, sun-kissed world of iPad users, who don't need to make a song and dance about their devices (not here, at least.) It's certainly fun, but where does the tagline leave viewers who bought a shiny new iMac?

BBC Three
"Toxic Ting"
4 mins 12s
21 June 2021

Social media sensation Ehiz breaks down toxic masculinity in this entertaining film for BBC Three. Having built a following on various platforms (most notably yoof favourite TikTok), the comedian brings his distinctive sense of humour to a more polished production with 'Toxic Ting' - a grime track the likes of which the genre has never seen.

With well observed lyrics about masculine posturing and the changing face of what being a 'manly man' looks like, Ehiz demands both laughter and self-reflection from viewers. Directors Simon K Matthew and Amar Chadha-Patel ensure that the accompanying visuals are just as attention grabbing, with a balaclava-clad crew, bold fashion choices, and a powdered wig enhancing the timely message of embracing gender non-conformity.

Introducing Park Village Stills.

Park Village have added a stills photography wing to their already strong offering.

The aptly named Stills division comprises Ntando Brown, Sam Riley, Elliot Simpson, Yolanda Y. Liou, Gareth Williams, and Chris Turner, who Park Village call "the next generation of multi-skilled and diverse photography talent".


Sebastian Thiel heads to MindsEye

MindsEye have added writer, director, and producer Sebastian Thiel to their roster for commercial representation.

Born in Zambia and raised in London, Thiel began his career writing and directing comedy web series and shorts at the tender age of eighteen. He quickly realised his calling lay behind the camera, and a passion for exploring human stories led him to documentary work - shooting in Kenya, China, and of course all over his hometown.



Five Star Work
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"To Beautiful Moments"
14 Jun 2021
There can't be many of us who don't feel that we spend too much time peering at our mobile devices... as these miraculous machines in our pockets are both a blessing and a curse. But it's perhaps surprising that a major manufacturer of mobile phones should add their voice to those of irritated spouses and exasperated parents in urging us to put them down for a little while.

"Vicious Circle"
17 Jun 2021
HSBC attempt to address the relentless financial trap of homelessness in this hard-hitting commercial. The film sees a woman bouncing between the same roadblocks over and over again while a cold voiceover narrates the cycle: "No home, no address. No address, no bank account. No bank account, no job. No job, no home."

17 Jun 2021
As fans of 'Hot Fuzz' and riverside walks will attest, swans are fiercely territorial. Sipsmith's Mr. Swan (voiced by Julian Barratt) reckons attack is the best form of defence, turning Wimbledon into "the official tennis" of his distillery. It's sponsorship, Jim, but not as we know it. Another superb outing for the stop-motion bird.

Freestyle Diabetes Checker
"Now You Know"
1 min 33s
16 Jun 2021
A diabetes diagnosis can feel like being plunged into a world of restrictions, but this entertaining ad for Freestyle suggests help is at hand. The brand's constant blood sugar monitor aims to help the recently diagnosed get to grips with their glucose levels, offering a route through the cacophony of 'no's. Fun and hard-working in equal measure

The FA
"The Call-Up (ft. Wretch 32)"
1 min 43s
15 Jun 2021
The trend for elaborate squad announcements continues with this stirring piece of work for the Football Association. Press conference junkies might flinch, but the governing body’s faith in director Keane Pearce Shaw and rapper Wretch 32 has paid off. This is in large part down to the casting, as national spirit is rendered with diversity and personality.

14 Jun 2021
Volkswagen announce their inclusive electric car initiative in this intriguing ad. Directed by Billy Boyd Cape, the film sees the streets awash with cars hidden by sheets - no matter if they're driving, parked, or affixed with disconcerting L-plates. We're pretty sure that's not part of a standard driving test.

Road Safety (Denmark)
2 mins 20s
10 Jun 2021
'Vikings' meets road safety in this excellent communication from the Danish Ministry of Transport. A self-conscious warrior chieftain is publicly shamed into doing the right thing, as his son insists that he doesn't go off raiding without the proper safety gear. It's an amusing concept which is deftly executed by director Tore Frandsen, who nails the historical drama feel while still ensuring the script's humour shines through.

"Usain Bolt"
9 Jun 2021
Mastering one sport doesn't mean you'll achieve greatness in all areas, according to this entertaining ad for Allianz. The tongue-in-cheek film sees fastest man alive Usain Bolt compete against young up-and-comers across the sporting world, including a wheelchair basketball prodigy and the heir apparent to his sprinting throne.

"Let's Grab a Beer, America"
8 Jun 2021
Just yesterday we drew attention to the emerging theme of this summer's advertising communication – namely, the trepidation of emerging from lockdown. And, having done so, we have now seen the form's apotheosis in this truly lovely commercial for Anheuser-Busch... the brewer that makes Budweiser and other beers in the United States.

"Change a Bit For Good"
5 Jun 2021
A robot reminiscent of Pixar's WALL-E embarks on a crusade to clean up the planet before returning to his home in a dejected state. He reminds us of our own sense of futility at the enormity of the problem… for context, the largest of the floating garbage islands in the Pacific Ocean is currently three times the size of France.

4 Jun 2021
This hopeful Nationwide commercial is as far removed from image rights and European Super Leagues as can be. Despite his tender years, twelve-year-old Finton has already learned plenty about triumph and disaster on the pitch. While some never grow out of mecurial behaviour, Finton was lucky enough to find both the right teammates and the right coaches.

William Hill Betting
3 Jun 2021
Keen to portray gambling as a social activity rather than a solitary one, William Hill present this lively 90" commercial from directors Michel+Nico. Backed by Neil Diamond’s 'Sweet Caroline', the ad reacquaints viewers with bustling pubs, barbershops, and sports events that have been largely dormant since March 2020.

"Play Now: Korea"
1 min 43s
3 Jun 2021
It doesn't matter how huge Nike become, they will always represent themselves as the nonconformists, and this idea has served them extraordinarily well in the English-speaking world where their rebellious streak is broadly seen as a sly piece of brand positioning, even by those who don't know what 'brand positioning' is.

New Balance
"Impatience is a Virtue"
2 Jun 2021
Those who root for the hare instead of the tortoise will appreciate this 90" commercial for New Balance. "Impatience is a virtue," claims Jaden Smith, a man known for making bold statements. Yet when seventeen-year-old professional tennis player Coco Gauff arrives on-screen, the gambit makes sense.

2 Jun 2021
This beautiful commercial completes the trio of ads directed by Frédéric Planchon for Cadbury which have been on slow release since they were filmed in 2019. This, like the first commercial in the series, hinges on the casting of a child and, once again, Planchon has coaxed an utterly charming performance from his young protagonist.

BT Sport
"Time for Change"
9 mins 55s
26 May 2021
It's interesting to see which organisations have sustained the pressure which built up a year ago when George Floyd was murdered in plain sight. The initial flurry of performative shock has predictably abated especially in our own industry but, surprisingly, and two leading sport broadcasters have continued to support both the ideas behind Black Lives Matter and, even more surprisingly, the organisation itself.

Pets At Home
"We're Better With Pets"
28 May 2021
No-one enjoys a pandemic, per se, but retailer Pets At Home have cause for celebration. £1 billion sales stem from an upsurge in pet ownership, and this 80" film celebrates the deepened bond between humans and animals. Scored by 'It Must Be Love', the ad shows how cats, dogs, lizards, guinea pigs, and fish become part of the family.

31 May 2021
This is one of those ideas which works even though you have no idea why. It is very strange to represent the tension of a penalty kick by showing dozens of drummers on the pitch, and hundreds more elsewhere. But the strangeness lands extremely well, and Sam Brown's flair for generating a spectacle enables the creation of a memorable and fun commercial.

"Good Finds"
26 May 2021
Gumtree rejig their proposition with four 20" ads courtesy of director Jim Hosking and agency Wieden & Kennedy. Keen to empower customers and expunge the middleman once and for all, the online marketplace denounce cheap sales tactics like eye candy, empty promises, and, erm, sexy men on rugs. Worse than carpet moths, they are.

"What The Fanta"
26 May 2021
This pseudo-documentary trailer from Big Red Button has its tongue jammed firmly in cheek throughout, as it cleverly apes documentary tropes like shadow-hidden interviewees, ambushed scientists, and dramatically scored news footage. There's even the eponymous cork board and string included, as attempts to understand Fanta's latest flavour threaten to drive the country to madness.

H & M
"Enjoy the Silence"
26 May 2021
H&M preach body positivity in this latest campaign for their range of swimwear. Fronted by plus-sized Instagram model Paloma Elsesser, the film goes underwater as it encourages customers to block out the haters and enjoy all summer has to offer on their own terms. Director Amber Grace Johnson strikes a good balance between aesthetics and message here, as models of all shapes and sizes plunge into the deep and find solace from the day to day noise.

Apple iPhone
25 May 2021
When Apple decided to go to war with Facebook by giving users the option to prevent apps from collecting their data, it provided them with an opportunity to stake a claim on the moral high ground. Apple hasn't wasted any time in marketing themselves as the new guardians of privacy, and they've done it rather brilliantly.

Robinsons Cordials
"Let There Be Fruit"
23 May 2021
Cheesy and cheerful, this ad for Robinsons brings some vintage fun to the small screen. Directed by Ninian Doff, the film sees a choir of children haunting adults when they least expect it, encouraging them to brighten any unfortunate situation with a glass of grown-up squash. And no, we don't mean wine.

Compare The Market
"The New Neighbour"
21 May 2021
Sergei and Aleksandr suffer from a terminal case of keeping up with the Joneses in their latest outing for Compare the Market. Mustachioed meerkat dandy Antoine D'Orleau has moved in next door, heralding a rapid game of one upmanship from their respective balconies. The "anything you can do, I can do better" vibe is captured playfully here, as each move the perennial spokes-kats make is immediately countered by their new rival.

Police Recruitment
"Life as a Black Police Officer"
4 mins 25s
19 May 2021
Released shortly after Stephen Lawrence Day and the trial of Derek Chauvin, this eloquent film features a police interview of a different kind. A serving Black officer answers questions about life on the force, and how more like him are needed to repair decades of mistrust. His interviewer is a former cadet who left over concerns about his appearance and multiple stop-and-search incidents.

Five Star Work
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