David Reviews

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

Latest Work
    • Hell for leather.This diverting Czech ad offers an insight into wartime survival, with car manufacturer Aero under threat from both Hitler and Stalin at various points.
    • Tales of us.To say this three-minute Bodyform ad is a force of nature would be an understatement.
    • City LovingThis unexpectedly touching film features New Yorkers sharing their thoughts on the downsides of living in one of the world's busiest cities.
    • Characters and CreationVogue continue their Pride series with this bold and beautiful film which explores the intersection of disability and drag.
    • P.O.B. joins Darling Films.Darling Films have completed the signing of Irish filmmaker P.O.B. for representation in the UK.
    • The Visionaries laugh it up with Justin Reardon.Seasoned comedy director Justin Reardon says only the birth of his children trumps joining The Visionaries for UK freelance representation.
    • I've finished so I'll start.Coral highlight one of sport's early Covid-19 comeback stories: horse racing.
    • The Hidden PeopleThere's a charming sense of magical realism in this short film, directed by (and starring) Mark Jenkinson.
    • Viva la Villa.Premier League sponsors Barclays wish to ease at least one Aston Villa fan’s suffering this season.
    • Online and in form.BT have launched ‘Digital Dash’ - a free mobile game that combines athletics with digital skills training.
    • Where's your costume?This short film gives new meaning to the phrase ‘all dressed up and nowhere to go’.
    • Graceful Under PressureThis affecting short film for Vogue focuses on the brutal struggles and beautiful triumphs of the trans art community in one of Brazil's deadliest favelas.
    • Video nasty.This super piece of work for the National Centre for Domestic Violence turns user-generated content into something sinister.


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"Away Fans"
1 July 2020

Even die-hard Aston Villa fans will admit this Premier League season has been a struggle, pandemic or no pandemic. Fromer EPL title sponsors Barclays wish to ease at least one Villa fan’s suffering, with a little help from Zoom and a former striker-turned-Homes Under the Hammer presenter.

Tom Barbor-Might’s sweet film introduces Tim and fellow match day regulars Matt, Chris, and Simon as they prepare for the league restart. They’re joined by club stalwart Dion Dublin thanks to the advertised bank… even if there's little to cheer about in the end.

Nonetheless, the film’s authentic-sounding banter and cinematic sheen harks back to Barclays Premier League ads of old. How the brand must wish the beautiful game was always this clean-cut.

Online and in form.

According to a recent UCL Institute of Education study, a fifth of pupils - around two million children in the UK - have done little or no homework during lockdown. The kids may not see the harm in it, but companies like BT do.

That’s why the telecoms giant have launched ‘Digital Dash’ - a free mobile game that combines athletics with digital skills training. Think Konami’s ‘Track & Field’ for the iPad generation.


Short Films
4 mins 08s
29 June 2020

This short film gives new meaning to the phrase ‘all dressed up and nowhere to go’. Director Sadie Frost depicts five twentysomethings in the grip of lockdown; some while away the hours on social media, others turn to the bottle. Yet poetic intervention via text message leads them to Primrose Hill… and they each have the ideal outfit for the occasion.

What follows is a cross between the London Marathon and personal protective equipment, as the five friends don outlandish costumes to keep themselves and others safe. More importantly, it provides the emotional release craved by many just now. Suddenly, fancy dress PPE makes more sense than ‘one-metre-plus’.

5 mins 45s
30 June 2020

Being trans is dangerous, if not deadly, in most countries across the world, and the outlook for trans women of colour is particularly bleak. This affecting short film for Vogue focuses on the struggles and triumphs of the trans art community in one of Brazil's deadliest favelas: Brasilândia.

What unfolds over the film's near-six-minute runtime is a portrait of a community which refuses to give in to fear and hide who they are. Powerful visuals celebrate their relentless creativity and determination not to buckle under circumstances, while the calm repetition of "alive/dead" hammers home just how much their survival depends on the violent whims of others.

As marginalised people who already struggle to access healthcare are further ravaged by Covid-19, this film offers a timely reminder of the work such communities undertake to help themselves. Without structures or often any outside support at all, it's encouraging to see the profound, thought-provoking art which can be born of dire adversity.

National Centre For Domestic Violence
"Abusers Always Work from Home"
29 June 2020

In case you hadn't noticed, user-generated content (UGC) has dominated the airwaves in recent months. At one point it seemed like every UK household would have their fifteen seconds of fame. But some homes go under the radar with devastating consequences.

That’s the premise of this super piece of work for the National Centre for Domestic Violence, which initially resembles any UGC campaign video released since March. When the facade crumbles, Geej Ower’s film becomes an increasingly painful insight into family abuse.

Moments of calm and even joy are replaced by brute force and violent outbursts from the dad. A first-person chase up the stairs neatly emphasises how many escape routes have been cut off by the lockdown, as well as the need for urgent legal intervention.


Recent Promos
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Glass Animals
"Heat Waves"
3 mins 56s
2 Jul 2020
Director Colin Read and psychedelic pop band Glass Animals have enjoyed a busy lockdown together, so to speak. Following May’s 'film it yourself' promo for ‘Dreamland’, Read and frontman Dave Bayley hit the streets of Hackney with speakers in tow. How many concerned artists would do the same in order to play live once again?

Clap! Clap!
"Moving On (ft. Martha Da'ro)"
4 mins 13s
1 Jul 2020
Guest vocalist Martha Da’or takes centre stage in this promo for Clap! Clap!’s new single ‘Moving On’. Despite lockdown restrictions, Belgium-based singer Da’or runs with the track’s title and delivers a pleasingly assured groove. Meanwhile, director-stroke-animator RuffMercy opts for gold leaf and a scratchy, multicoloured outfit as window dressing.

"Love Not Loving You"
3 mins 34s
30 Jun 2020
One wouldn’t normally associate bouncy electro-pop with art history, but Foxes thinks there’s crossover appeal. The singer, also known as Louisa Rose Allen, and director Rauri Cantelo present a moving collage to promote ‘Love Not Loving You’. Like a pair of cultural magpies, Foxes and Cantelo cut and paste pieces of classical art to their own beat.

"Say Something"
4 mins
26 Jun 2020
This whimsical promo for Kodaline's 'Say Something' takes a unique approach to going out during quarantine. Directed by Stevie Russell and starring his young daughter Willow, the film follows a would-be astronaut's journey to getting off this rock. The action unfolds in charming fashion as the pint-sized cosmonaut appears to construct a space ship from household materials.

Lewis del Mar
"The Ceiling"
2 mins 57s
22 Jun 2020
At times, lockdown has felt like an extended episode of MTV Cribs. Artists and directors alike have turned their homes into makeshift film sets, offering unexpected insights into A-list feng shui and interior design choices. Jason Sondock - one half of directing duo Rubberband - is the latest to show viewers around in the name of entertainment.

"I Can See The Change"
3 mins 38s
24 Jun 2020
This sleek promo for Celeste's 'I Can See The Change' provides a beautiful example of what's possible under lockdown. Director Sophie Jones and DP Joel Honeywell conducted the shoot remotely, coaching both the singer and her housemate Holly Milk through each step of filming. The result is a charming blend of vintage TV aesthetics and black-and-white movie performances

Scarlet Pleasure
3 mins 37s
23 Jun 2020
There's a pleasingly retro vibe to this promo for Danish outfit Scarlet Pleasure's latest track 'SOS'. With oversaturated colours and unusually-angled shots to keep viewers on their toes, the film resembles a sunny daydream - something which is only enhanced by the band's ska-influenced sound. Ideal for whatever summer 2020 brings.

Mae Muller
"I Don't Want Your Money"
3 mins
22 Jun 2020
Mae Muller is the latest singer to release a lockdown promo, with visuals for ‘I Don’t Want Your Money’ shot on iPhone. It’s hard not to imagine how such promos would look under normal circumstances, and this doesn’t quite do Muller’s witty lyrics justice. Still, Muller’s expressive performance keeps viewers invested.

"So We Won't Forget"
5 mins 43s
19 Jun 2020
Scott Dungate directs this beguiling promo for Khruangbin set in rural Japan, featuring a grieving father and an oversized toy rabbit. Much to the chagrin of local motorists, the two embark on a long cycle ride… one the human protagonist has completed many times before. His destination is a shrine festooned with sweets, plush toys, and fizzy drinks - a memorial to his late daughter.

Gabriel Garzón-Montano
3 mins 42s
18 Jun 2020
French-Colombian multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Garzon-Montano takes his cues from the likes of Prince and Lenny Kravitz - both in terms of a funk-influenced sound and a distinctly sensual aesthetic. This is encapsulated nicely in his latest promo for 'Someone,' a pastel-pink affair which has the singer lamenting a lover who's left him for pastures new.

SG Lewis
4 mins 40s
17 Jun 2020
There’s more than a hint of Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ to the new single by artist SG Lewis. ‘Chemicals’ coasts on a chunky guitar riff and Lewis’s falsetto vocals, but director Yousef’s animated promo adds a psychedelic layer on top. Pick your favourite version of Lewis and watch it quickly morph into various kaleidoscopic forms.

"Empty Love (ft. Ruel)"
3 mins 29s
15 Jun 2020
Typical, eh? You successfully recover from vocal nodules only for a pandemic to effectively shut down the UK live music scene. That’s the situation Gracey finds herself in, but - like many of her contemporaries - the Brighton-born singer has found a way to keep both herself and fans entertained during lockdown.

The Howl & The Hum
4 mins 01s
15 Jun 2020
This is one of the more story-driven promos we’ve sampled during lockdown, and it does a good job of tying social distancing into the narrative. Shot by Belgian directing duo the Roosens for The Howl & The Hum, 'Hostages' shows how it is possible to have a healthy break-up, so to speak, during a pandemic.

Yusuf/Cat Stevens
"Where Do The Children Play?"
4 mins 11s
15 Jun 2020
This bold reimagining of the Yusuf/Cat Stevens classic 'Where Do The Children Play?' runs with the song's environmental message. Director Chris Hopewell uses tactile animation and recycled materials to address the dire state of the environment - exploring a world almost entirely transformed by junk. It's a timely interpretation, as the environmental impacts of reduced travel due to Covid-19 are catalogued .

"TKN (ft. Travis Scott)"
2 mins 54s
9 Jun 2020
A mob of children take over the streets in this brilliantly choreographed outing by Catalan singer Rosalia and guest vocalist Travis Scott. 'TKN' sees the pair swear off new friends, embracing a mafia-like mentality as they call 'mother' the head of the family and reference the consequences for those who would dare break omerta.

"A Ghost"
3 mins 47s
8 Jun 2020
Fans of David Lowery’s ‘A Ghost Story’ will appreciate this jaunty Travis promo, which sees frontman Fran Healy turn director and animator to boot. The boiler-suited Healy’s multitasking pays off as he gives the soft rock veterans a distinctive new look. Bandmates Andy Dunlop, Dougie Payne, and Neil Primrose arguably draw the short straw.

Rina Sawayama
"Bad Friend"
3 mins 38s
5 Jun 2020
Director Ali Kurr’s fourth collaboration with Rina Sawayama is a throwback to when people drank in bars and occasionally got into fights afterwards. Oh, those were the pre-lockdown days. Kurr’s spin on this, however, is more stylish than anything seen on Night Cops or closed-circuit television. Shot in stark monochrome by DP Amelia Hazlerigg, it's a smart take on violent delights and violent ends.

Empathy Test
4 mins 03s
26 May 2020
This intriguing promo for electronica outfit Empathy Test's latest track 'Monsters' deals out arousal and disgust in equal measure. As beautiful as it is disturbing, it shows both emotions as two sides of the same coin - as a couple in an underground car park are waylaid by a mysterious, cloaked dancer.

J P Cooper
"Little Bit of Love"
3 mins 30s
26 May 2020
Amidst the rancour of Cummings-gate and Donald Trump versus social media comes this extraordinary revelation from JP Cooper: “Sometimes everybody needs a little bit of love.” Well, ‘extraordinary’ is pushing it somewhat - we reckon every singer-songwriter in existence has come to the same conclusion over the years.

Håkan Hellström
"All Dreams Are Fulfilled"
5 mins 15s
26 May 2020
Håkan Hellström’s ‘All Dreams Are Fulfilled’ has more than a hint of ‘My Generation’ about it, but the track plays second fiddle to Fillip Nilsson’s quirky promo. Shot in Gothenburg’s Ullevi stadium after hours, the piece sees Hellström one-up David Attenborough by playing drums with a proboscis monkey. Well, sort of.

Amy Gardner
"Blood Echoes"
4 mins 41s
18 May 2020
Over two hundred years after the Bolshoi Theatre opened its doors in 1776, Gabe Stone Shayer became the first black dancer to graduate from its prestigious ballet school. This nimbly atmospheric short film captures Philadelphia-born Shayer in full flow, demonstrating why he caught the Moscow dance elite’s eye in the first place.

Bree Runway
"Damn Daniel"
3 mins
17 May 2020
The rise of the so-called quarantine special continues with this lo-fi Bree Runway promo. Filled to the brim with CRT televisions, leg warmers, and leopard print unitards, this is undeniably an Eighties fever dream. However, there is little to differentiate Runway’s affectionate romp from other VHS-era throwbacks.

"You're Born"
3 mins 24s
15 May 2020
The Fountain of Youth receives an ice-cold makeover in this promo for Russian beatmakers AIGEL. Shot by Latvian director Andzej Gavriss, the film depicts a middle-aged statesman who travels deep into the frozen wilderness in order to defy both nature and political term limits. Well, at least he’s got the Russian Orthodox Chruch’s approval.

Little Mix
"Break Up Song"
3 mins 36s
17 May 2020
This mixed media promo for Little Mix's thoughtfully titled 'Break Up Song' shows there's still plenty of creativity to be found in quarantine. Tactile animation sees Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards transformed into textile TV presenters, sparking the group's unique interpretation of classic morning show tropes.

Glass Animals
4 mins 44s
15 May 2020
Needs must during a lockdown... especially when you have a music video to make. Take Colin Read, for example, who was scheduled to film a promo with indie rock band Glass Animals. Suffice to say, social distancing threw a spanner in the works. Pulse Films’ new signing refused to let public health measures get in the way of a shoot, however.

Recent Promos
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