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    • The sound choice.BBC Four pay tribute to high fidelity with these well-crafted idents.
    • Beast of friends.Toilet paper and cuddly mascots seem to go arm in arm. Andrex have their puppy; Cushelle has a CG koala; now Lotus unleash an animatronic yeti.
    • The May 2017 CraftWorks PodcastThe morning after the May 2017 CraftWorks show, 76 director Alan Friel and Just So's Matt Diegan joined DAVID to pick through the bones.
    • Cameraman and boy.Perhaps wary of smartphones stealing their thunder, Canon wish to reassert their photography credentials.
    • Olly Jennings joins PartizanPartizan have signed up-and-coming director Olly Jennings to their UK roster.
    • Training days.The grind of pre-season is laid bare in this engrossing Sky Sports promo.
    • Getting the snipAple show their iPhone 7's portrait feature single-handedly turning a sleepy barber shop into a thriving business.
    • Dax Martinez-Vargas gets down and Dirty.American filmmaker and commercial director Dax Martinez-Vargas crosses the Atlantic to join Dirty Films.
    • A squad of millions.With the British and Irish Lions preparing for this summer’s tour of New Zealand, this potent Sky Sports promo reveals there will be no respite from their hosts.
    • A Room of One's OwnTo mark their fiftieth year in existence, homeless charity Crisis are mobilising to make themselves obsolete.
    • Blind date.Young love takes a sinister turn in this compelling Movistar commercial.
    • Sweet DreamsThis artfully-constructed ad for Nytol depicts the battle to go to sleep via a literal war room in Cliff's head.
    • Time for a ChangeThe Yorkshire Building Society present a wealth of reasons to move house in these entertaining online spots.

CRAFTWORKS

Wednesday, 14th June.
Betwen 4.30pm and 6.30pm.

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

Tickets: £20 plus VAT.

● Sharon Horgan.

● Giff Gaff.

● W.I.Z.

● Graham Rose tribute.

TICKETS AND DETAILS HERE.


Sky Sports
"Haka"
60s
17 May 2017

How about this for a welcoming party? With the British and Irish Lions preparing for this summer’s tour of New Zealand, this potent Sky Sports promo reveals there will be no respite from their hosts.

This goes beyond the All Blacks’ starting fifteen - primary school children, firefighters, and wedding guests all demonstrate their mettle. Eyes bulge, muscles tighten, and passions flow as Kiwis young and old unleash the haka.

It’s an impressive spectacle, and one which conveys New Zealand’s dedication to their national sport. The broadcaster remains confident the Home Nations elite can cope - on this evidence, they may need a bigger lion.

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Crisis
"Everybody In"
1 min 47s
17 May 2017

To mark their fiftieth year, homeless charity Crisis are mobilising to make themselves obsolete before another fifty years have passed. This poignant film imagines what a world without homelessness could - and will - look like.

We watch the sun rise over London, visiting various spots across the city where we'd expect to see a homeless person bedding down - a park bench, an underpass, a shop doorway. But there's not a sleeping bag in sight because, as the voiceover explains, one day every person will be able to find their own space.

Performance poet Francesca Beard wrote the script, delivered brilliantly by Crisis member Lewis Ford. It's a unique approach for a brand to try and make themselves obsolete, something Crisis are determined to achieve with their 'Everybody In' campaign, and this beautiful film takes an equally unusual look at homelessness to help achieve that goal.

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Movistar
"Love Story"
3 mins 12s
16 May 2017

Young love takes a sinister turn in this compelling Movistar commercial. Two youngsters exchange text messages and pictures before deciding to meet. As their online relationship blossoms, however, you can’t help but feel something is amiss… and it is.

It’s an unnerving reveal, but also darkly comic. Fans of cult animation Monkey Dust will be familiar with the twist. Here, ‘Mia’ and ‘Alejandro’ exchange awkward glances before going their separate ways. Well, the course of true love never did run smooth.

Director Andrew Lang coaxes two convincing performances from his child stars. Each message builds visible excitement for their date, which makes the reality even more disturbing. Meanwhile, Flora Cash’s ‘You’re Somebody Else’ suits the duplicity well.

While youngsters are becoming more social media-savvy, they remain just as vulnerable to deception. Thanks to a well-realised script, this ad reinforces the real danger posed by fake profiles.

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Nytol
"Say Good Nytol"
30s
16 May 2017

This artfully-constructed ad for Nytol depicts the battle to go to sleep via a literal war room in Cliff's head, as he lies awake worrying about how much time he has left to kip. It's a familiar scenario for anybody who finds themselves staring at the alarm clock in the wee small hours, the vicious cycle of worrying about how long it is until we have to get up for work.

The war room here is executed well, with vintage computers and giant alarm clock numbers standing out starkly against the dark background. The moment when the entire war council begin counting sheep along with Cliff is an excellent comedy beat, delivered with great timing.

This is impressive stuff from Lucky Generals and directing duo Us, sure to appeal to any insomniac who identifies with Cliff's urge to drug himself into submission just so he doesn't have to count any more bloody sheep. Sweet dreams, Cliff.

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Yorkshire Building Society
"Reasons to Move"
57s
16 May 2017

The Yorkshire Building Society present a wealth of reasons to move house in these entertaining online spots, directed by Fogg. A couple endure the indignities of living in the wrong house - the cramped garden, annoying neighbourhood dog, obsessed neighbour who seems ready to go full-on Single White Female - with a stoicism which only heightens the pay-off.

We enjoy the unquestioning way these scenarios are presented. There's no explanation how the tiny dog conquered the bloke, or whether the guy has just crumbled under the weight of inevitability and laid down in surrender - we only see the victorious face-licking. It's an understated approach which fits the subject matter well: anybody can see why this couple needs to move.

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BBC 4
"Music Idents"
80s
22 May 2017
BBC Four pay tribute to high fidelity with these well-crafted idents. Tangible and atmospheric, this suite harkens back to analogue’s heydey. Audiophiles will relish each close-up of tape recorders, audio reels, and phonographs, but it’s the backing track that shines. Mark Hellaby’s precise treatment demands a good pair of headphones or speakers.

Canon
"Boundaries"
60s
19 May 2017
Perhaps wary of smartphones stealing their thunder, Canon wish to reassert their photography credentials. Life moves at light speed in this ad depicting youth evolving into young manhood. Like any good story, there are thrills and spills - and the brand wants every moment to look its best. There are no product shots or specifications, so it’s up to the viewer to follow Canon’s story thread further.

Sky Sports
"Be Inside the Game"
2 mins
18 May 2017
The grind of pre-season is laid bare in this engrossing Sky Sports promo. The film captures Gaelic footballers and hurlers knee deep in training. It’s a world of whiteboards, repetitive drills, and training bibs… the roar of the crowd comes later. Believe Media’s Michel + Nico are adept at capturing what goes on before kick-off, and this attractively shot piece underlines the preparation required at the highest level.

Apple iPhone
"Barbers"
60s
18 May 2017
Apple are certainly proud of the new Portrait feature on their iPhone 7's camera - so much that they tasked the talented Dougal Wilson to show it single-handedly turning a sleepy barber shop into a thriving business. The professional look of the portraits snapped by an employee soon entices more customers, who are summarily transformed.

Movistar
"Love Story"
3 mins 12s
16 May 2017
Young love takes a sinister turn in this compelling Movistar commercial. Two youngsters exchange text messages and pictures before deciding to meet. As their online relationship blossoms, however, you can’t help but feel something is amiss… and it is. Well, the course of true love never did run smooth.

Nike
"Cape Town Course"
1 min 40s
15 May 2017
From Gary Player to modern players like Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa’s golfing lineage is impressive. Here, Nike give a platform to the next generation… and there’s not a green in sight. Nothing stops these golfers getting into the swing of things. Every surface becomes a tee, an imaginary flag added to every vista. Improvisation and exploration are encouraged and the sport’s officious tendencies are hit long.

Dr Giorgini
"One Bad Day"
1 min 46s
12 May 2017
Italian supplement brand Dr Giorgini demonstrate exactly when their brain boosting pills might be needed in this hugely entertaining ad. We follow a father and son through their morning routine. Toast burns, costumes are ruined, and the kid is sent off to school with an endearingly-rubbish, cobbled together version of his spacesuit. Things only get worse from there.

T K Maxx
"Why Shop at T K Maxx?"
60s
11 May 2017
Why would anyone want to shop at T K Maxx? Who would brave the jumble sale of tat to see what gems are buried under a mountain of last season's designer socks and mysterious kitchen implements? This stylish ad answers those questions with aplomb, acknowledging the haphazard nature of the stores with enough panache to suggest it's a virtue rather than a flaw.

Heineken
"The Trailblazers"
1 min 32s
10 May 2017
From social media acclaim to biting parodies, Heineken’s ‘Worlds Apart’ film remains a talking point. However, this commercial returns to one of the lager’s trademark memes: an epic bar crawl. Those who’ve indulged mates as they exaggerate last night’s trip to the pub will appreciate this genre-hopping spectacle.

Marks & Spencer
"Spend It Well (Food)"
40s
11 May 2017
What does Valenstein & Fatt's first work for M&S's food reveal? For starters, the synergy between it and last week's offering indicates that Vicki Maguire and her merry creatives are aiming to remind punters that the same clever M&S suppliers who provide them with the food they love, also offer the clothes they keep overlooking.

Arla
"Eat Monday For Breakfast"
30s
9 May 2017
Arla drums home the importance of showing Monday morning who's boss - snooze button be damned. A suitably perky sequence from Firecracker's Joe Roberts encompasses yawning farm animals, revving engines, and slices of toast evading eager hands. The use of an escalating drum beat in the background evokes Budweiser's 'Time' ad as well.

Barclays
"Crash"
60s
8 May 2017
We like to think we can see through any potential scam that arrives in our email inbox. Dodgy punctuation, garbled text, links to unknown addresses… familiar signals to keep our cyber-guard up. As this impressive Barclays ad demonstrates, however, the scenarios used by scammers are becoming ever more convincing.

Xbox
"Match Day"
85s
9 May 2017
Chelsea midfielder Willian and Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford star in this entertaining Xbox Live commercial. As we hear commentators and pundits sing their praises, the pair are immersed in their respective ‘zones’. Still, something’s a little off about their warm-ups. We’ve seen the light stretches and noise-cancelling headphones before, but… a hand spa?

Kraft
"Swear Like a Mother"
1 min 35s
5 May 2017
Kraft Mac and Cheese poke fun at not only the image of the unflappable mother, but also their product's reputation as a last resort in this amusing ad. The film stars Melissa Mohr, author of the book 'Holy Sh*T: A Brief History of Swearing', who explains that 74% of mothers have admitted to swearing in front of their kids - which seems like a low estimate to us.

Lidl
"The Smyths"
60s
4 May 2017
Lidl Ireland kicks off a new documentary-style campaign with a pair of entertaining ads. Taking inspiration from the likes of Gogglebox and First Dates, the campaign by Chemistry uses a 'TrolleyCam' to get up close and personal with the public as they go about their weekly shop. This film - focusing on the Smyth family - perfectly captures the hectic experience of shopping with children.

Marks & Spencer
"Spend It Well"
60s
4 May 2017
Like Nancy Reagan and the kids from Grange Hill, Marks & Spencer urge us to 'just say "no"' in this splendid commercial marking the start of Valenstein & Fatt's relationship with one of Britain's best-known retailers. But it's mediocrity rather than intravenous drugs that we're being invited to shake our heads at.

Heinz Baked Beanz
"Office"
30s
3 May 2017
This lovely Heinz Baked Beanz ad does a lot in 30” - something we always appreciate. An office worker greets his Lyrca-clad colleague in the staff kitchen, though he soon wishes he hadn’t. Seems this fitness junkie’s too busy for pleasantries - not with those “ravenous” muscles. A smart piece of work that reminds us healthy eating needn’t be a staid affair.

New Balance
"Dear 677"
76s
3 May 2017
Some say cricket is the supreme numbers game. Runs, bowling averages, the Duckworth-Lewis method… everything counts. This gripping New Balance ad reveals that only 676 players have represented England at Test level… and the team’s new kit maker have a message for whoever’s next in line.

UBS
"Life in Numbers"
90s
3 May 2017
From first birthdays and first dates and first jobs and beyond, this skillfully crafted ad for UBS follows one man's life; touching on all the moments which shape him. The scenes are all connected by numbers, building to a final reveal that smart online investment with the advertised bank has allowed him to save up for his daughter's wedding.

Pampers
"Little Fighters"
60s
2 May 2017
This affecting Pampers commercial draws our attention to newborn babies already facing their toughest battle. Set in Southampton Hospital’s neonatal unit, the ad depicts a handful of plucky infants and their equally determined carers. Whether you have children or not, it’s hard not to be moved by this sequence.

Monster
"Telepathy"
40s
2 May 2017
A giant purple monster gets himself into a syntactic tangle in this entertaining ad for - surprise - recruitment company Monster. The big guy knows how special you are and proceeds to tell you in a vaguely threatening manner... at least until he gets tangled up in his own sentences and needs to pause for thought.

StubHub
"Festival"
60s
28 Apr 2017
This highly amusing ad from StubHub reminds us that we're unlikely to meet the love of our life at a gig... if we don't go to gigs. That premise builds up to a bonkers musical crescendo as we follow the life of a lad who had the wherewithall to grab some last minute tickets from the site. It's a total contrast to their 'Machines' ad from the same campaign, and we're interested to see where they take things next.

StubHub
"Machines"
60s
28 Apr 2017
It's not difficult to imagine a world in which artificial intillegence develops a literal mind of its own, and this ad for StubHub presents a nightmarish vision of a future where technology has had enough. In the midst of the apocalypse a man falls to his knees and howls in anguish... for a reason we're not expecting.

Sherwin-Williams
"Epiphany"
30s
27 Apr 2017
Those who’ve recently given their house a fresh lick of paint may be tempted to go again thanks to this vivid Sherwin-Williams commercial. Plumes of paint surge through space before colliding in spectacular fashion. As hues mingle, the camera glides through clouds and cyclones of colour. Not a bad view, eh?

Spotify
"Dinner"
30s
26 Apr 2017
A teenage boy enjoys 'Truly, Madly, Deeply' a little too much at the dinner table... but not as much as his parents did in the past. That's the narrative of this extremely amusing ad for music streaming service Spotify's family premium plan, executed with aplomb by director Matt Devine. With excellent performances and a strong creative, we get the feeling one young man is about to be put off his dinner...

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