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    • 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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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.


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Vivo
"To Beautiful Moments"
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14 June 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.

The message is not conveyed chidingly: Vivo don't want people to feel bad about their overuse of their mobiles, instead they want us to recognise the value of personal interaction. And they're using the Euros to remind us about the joy of communion. The perennially underestimated director Jesper Ericstam has put together a film which captures this spirit beautifully, and only a football-hating curmudgeon would be unmoved by the sheer joy of this film.

It's a double bluff though… humanity's complicated relationship with the so-called 'beautiful game' somehow skips past the regularity of very dull fixtures, and there's an enjoyable communion of a very different complexion to be gained from sharing the misery of football's tediousness by moaning about it on social media with others going through the same agony. So, maybe it's okay to have your phone in your hands after all!


Jim Weedon enlists with The Visionaries.

Experienced commercials director Jim Weedon has joined the freelance roster at The Visionaries.

Weedon brings an accomplished reel to his new home, making him a shrewd addition to the Soho outfit. Corin West and co. were particularly drawn to Weedon's ability to handle scripts with a strong dramatic component.

This command of tone is evident in a gruelling Motor Neurone Disease Association film, wherein a woman is stripped bare by the symptoms and hurled around a room towards a waiting wheelchair.


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Karen Cunningham arrives at 2AM.

2AM Films have welcomed Karen Cunningham to their roster for representation.

The director has carved out a valuable niche for herself in the commercial realm, and is known as the one of industry's top child wranglers. Her work is characterised by the natural performances she coaxes from young performers, coupled with a knack for emotive storytelling and cinematic visuals.

Far from pigeonholing her, a laser focus on casting means her reel is replete with delicately observed characters and compelling narratives - something 2AM are thrilled to add to their offer.


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Ali Ali heads to Arts & Sciences

Arts & Sciences have added award-winning director Ali Ali to their roster for commercial representation.

Originally from Cairo, Ali briefly studied computer engineering before realising his future lay in more creative avenues. He picked up five Cannes Lions during his ten years as a creative director with some of the industry's top agencies. He then founded Elephant, which quickly became the most awarded agency in the Middle East, and has been directing full-time since 2012.


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Recent Promos
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Raye
"Call On Me"
3 mins 22s
18 Jun 2021
Old-school glamour enters the 21st Century in this arresting promo for RAYE's 'Call On Me'. Director Sophia Ray captures the soft-focus look of classic musicals throughout the glitzy film, as RAYE and co. model outfits appropriately bedecked with fur, feathers, and rhinestones galore. Diamonds are, it seems, still a girl's best friend in 2021.

Bloom Twins
"High On Beat"
3 mins 34s
17 Jun 2021
This sleek promo for the Bloom Twins' 'High On Beat' blends trippy visuals with a fashion-forward attitude. Director Francis Wallis and cinematographer Ahmet Hüsseyin use offbeat camera angles and washes of neon light to keep the viewer constantly on the back foot, never knowing what to expect from the intriguing visuals.

Brother Leo
"People"
3 mins 28s
11 Jun 2021
Many artists have offered up modern interpretations of the Bible over the years, though none with quite such a glossy Hollywood sheen as this promo from Brother Leo. 'People' sees Jesus Christ cast as a fallen icon, a former celebrity trying to come to terms with the corruption of his image in a fame-obsessed world.

Greentea Peng
"Free My People"
3 mins 45s
10 Jun 2021
This hypnotic promo from neo-soul singer Greentea Peng arrives on the scene at an apt moment. With lockdowns ending and vaccines bringing isolation across Britain to a close, 'Free My People' seems set to be a laid-back anthem of summer liberation. That hazy atmosphere is beautifully rendered by director Melody Maker, who explores small moments of humanity throughout the film.

Zoe Wees
"Hold Me Like You Used To"
3 mins 12s
10 Jun 2021
This emotionally-charged promo from director Gemma Yin is a colourful exploration of grief and acceptance. As German pop star Zoe Wees sings "Now you're taken from this world/I hope you can finally breathe", Yin cuts between black-and-white and a heightened amber hue. Crucially, none of this dilutes Wees's powerful vocals.

Cautious Clay
"Wildfire"
2 mins 50s
9 Jun 2021
Audience perspective takes centre stage in this promo for Cautious Clay's 'Wildfire'. The film invokes an old-school vibe as it explores how listeners' circumstances affect their interpretation of the American R&B artist's melancholy yet melodious tones - adding weight to the old adage that beauty (or pain) is truly in the eye of the beholder.

Digital Farm Animals
"Last Night"
2 mins 44s
2 Jun 2021
'Last Night' by Digital Farm Animals sounds like a poolside banger that you can still hear underwater. With ear plugs in. At least director Elliot Simpson's promo entertains, with a pig-helmeted DJ and guest vocalist Harlee unleashing chaos in suburbia. For once, a house party that doesn't outstay its welcome.


"Live to Survive"
4 mins 07s
1 Jun 2021
Danish singer-songwriter MØ returns with a thumping, defiant piece of electropop that is hard to resist. Karen Marie Ørsted hurls lyrics like "You dragged me down that hole with you/So now you can stay there" and "You won't be the last of me, baby" with relish, as the track blends twinkly synths and a tenacious drumbeat.

Depeche Mode
"In Your Room"
5 mins 07s
25 May 2021
The star of this Depeche Mode promo - former/current disgraced/redeemed ballet prodigy Sergei Polunin - is a complicated guy. As such, it's no wonder he's the subject of Anton Corbijn's upcoming documentary Dancer II, from which this performance is an excerpt. The director's characteristic blend of emotion and aesthetic is brought to play beautifully here, as Polunin cuts a wasted figure while trudging through a beach environment. The real star of the piece, of course, is the performance.

Glass Animals
"Space Ghost Coast to Coast"
3 mins 10s
25 May 2021
Commuters will never look at Haggerston train station the same way again after watching this Max Siedentopf-directed promo for Glass Animals. Siedentopf's airborne camera acquires frontman Dave Bayley on the street below, only for a swarm of computer-generated, naturist clones to steal his thunder.

Billie Marten
"Human Replacement"
3 mins 04s
21 May 2021
This imposing Billie Marten promo reminds DAVID of a scene from 'Batman Begins' where a police officer is asked to describe the Batmobile ("It's a black...tank"). Sure enough, director Joe Wheatley sends the singer and songwriter on a late-night tour of London aboard an armoured fighting vehicle.

Django Django
"Kick The Devil Out"
3 mins 36s
21 May 2021
The Dude may not abide, but the Devil certainly does in this intriguing promo for Django Django's 'Kick The Devil Out'. The art-rock quartet offer their sideways take on a screwball comedy in the promo, which creates a vintage vibe as it sees a demon wreak havoc in suburbia.

Berwyn
"Rubber Bands"
3 mins 43s
19 May 2021
Love and loss are in the air in this enthralling promo for Berwyn's 'Rubber Bands'. A couple find themselves inexorably drawn together and pushed apart in equal measure, their fraught relationship shaping their environment as circumstances overwhelm their need to be together.

Beatrich
"Same Song"
2 mins 38s
19 May 2021
Familia new boys Alex + Plex Studio direct this heightened promo for electro-pop artist Beatrich. Woozy, pressing camera work draws viewers into the Lithuanian's febrile state of mind, as she defies an incompatible relationship once and for all ("You like to play games and you like to compete/But you know it doesn’t work with me").

Autow Nite Superstore
"SYZYGY"
4 mins 57s
18 May 2021
This artsy promo for Autow Nite Superstore's 'SYZYGY' combines quirky art direction and choreography to intriguing effect. The electronic music producer-slash-DJ's beat driven sound is elevated by director Effie Pappa's esoteric visuals, which see a living picture frame perform operatic vocals and a dungaree-clad bloke pull some serious shapes.

Squid
"Pamphlets"
8 mins 14s
19 May 2021
Rejoining the world is a daunting prospect for some after a year-plus of isolation, and this compelling promo for 'Pamphlets' renders that hesitance in tactile fashion. Agoraphobia and anxiety take on a surreal quality as the pink, horned protagonist festers in their enclosed world, while singer Ollie Judge howls "That's why I don't go outside".

Don Broco
"Manchester Super Reds No. 1 Fan"
3 mins 50s
17 May 2021
DAVID's grip on reality is shaky at best right now, and this promo for rock band Don Broco only exacerbates the situation. Dressed in Starfleet regalia throughout, the four-piece (think Bedford's version of the Beastie Boys or Linkin Park) operate a David Beckham cloning lab with mixed results. Dr. Ian Malcolm would have a field day with this.

Sports Team
"Happy (God's Own Country)"
2 mins 48s
12 May 2021
London indie rockers Sports Team take to the countryside in this vintage-inspired promo for 'Happy (God's Own Country)'. Directed by Georgina Cammalleri, the film takes its cues from Seventies folk horror classic 'The Wicker Man', and features singer Alex Rice and co. partaking in all the Morris dancing and bonfires they can handle.

Georgia Twinn
"Moth"
2 mins 58s
12 May 2021
This moody promo suggests that Essex-based musician Georgia Twinn is one to watch. Fans of 'The Silence of the Lambs' will appreciate the blend of night vision and moths in mouths, while Twinn's orange hair provides welcome respite from the darkness. We'll be intrigued to see how the singer's aesthetic develops over time.

Jamaal Monarch
"Love's A Joke, I'm the Butt of It"
3 mins 53s
11 May 2021
This perspective-challenging promo from Jamaal Monarch plays with its viewers' sense of direction in addition to their expectations. Directed by Shimmy Ahmed, the film offers an insight into a couple's upside-down relationship, beset by unrequited love and internal pressures. Washes of neon light and ever-shifting camera angles give the film a dreamlike quality, as rapper Monarch delivers lines which are posturing and vulnerable by turns.

Paloma Faith
"Monster"
3 mins 23s
10 May 2021
Hammer Horror meets female empowerment in this absorbing promo for Paloma Faith's latest track 'Monster'. The film offers a modern twist on the Frankenstein mythos, as a mysterious mad scientist figure attempts to create the 'perfect' woman in increasingly unhinged ways. Director Yousef draws from a diverse range of influences here, with touches of Bollywood and heightened horror shining through.

Berwyn
"I'd Rather Die Than Be Deported"
2 mins 38s
6 May 2021
Hollywood's obsession with the Golden Gate Bridge has been well documented over the years. Perhaps this striking promo for Berwyn will inspire filmmakers to consider the Dartford Crossing instead. Shot by Stink Rising's LOOSE, the promo is a one-take journey across the bridge with Berwyn leaning out of a moving vehicle.

Phoebe Green
"IDK"
3 mins 34s
5 May 2021
Mancunian electro-pop artist Phoebe Green returns with a slice of Eighties-inspired cool in the form of latest track 'IDK'. Shades of Blondie and New Order flit through the track's relentless pulse and hypnotic vocal drone, as Green remarks drolly on "cyclical occurrences and cynical people" making her lose touch with reality.

Clark
"Small"
2 mins 25s
28 Apr 2021
This enigmatic promo for Clark's 'Small' centres on a young boy who seems to be the king of his own ruined castle. The child's isolation is palpable as he beach-combs solo, collecting trinkets to be examined later on a perch overlooking the flooded world around. Apocalyptic hints are peppered throughout the film's slow, lingering shots, suggesting that perhaps this is the last survivor of some catastrophic event.

Gigi Moss
"Poisoned Whispers"
3 mins 16s
27 Apr 2021
Gigi Moss goes (London) underground in this promo for an acoustic version of debut single 'Poisoned Whispers'. The singer wanders through an empty Tube train carriage, as director Chris Fowles and DP Marti Guiver makes the most of the cramped setting. Well-judged lighting further enhances Moss's solo journey.

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