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    • Ashley Armitage joins PrettybirdPrettybird have signed progressive talent Ashley Armitage to their directing roster.
    • Sam Bould is a Final Cut above.Editor Sam Bould has joined Final Cut for representation in both the UK and the US.
    • Back on TrackThis kinetic Volvo commercial makes the most of early parenthood's frantic pace.
    • Rachel Hough at String and TinsFormer agency producer Rachel Hough has taken her Midas touch to sound studio String and Tins.
    • Greatcoat Films sign Shan Phearon.Greatcoat Films say their new signing, Shan Phearon, brings "an encyclopedic knowledge of film" to 29 Wadeson Street.
    • The show must go on.Despite using The Muppet Show's venerable theme song, this playful 60" John Lewis ad features nary a Kermit, Miss Piggy, or Rowlf the Dog.
    • Tomato, tomato.Uber Eats have triggered a battle for the ages in their latest ad, as two giants of sci-fi face off about their dinner choices.
    • Clear the air.Encouraging smokers to quit is more vital than ever in 2020, as this ad viscerally illustrates.
    • Game of thrones.This 90" film announces Eric Cantona as one of FIFA 21's unlockable legends.
    • Court of ConvictionChina's most famous one-on-one basketball tournament calls 2020 players to action with this intriguing film.
    • Zero Sum GameIt's hard to describe keeping the nation's lights on during a pandemic as 'doing nothing', but EDF Energy have a different take on the concept in their latest commercial.
    • Blow and go.This 40" Seat commercial charms thanks to its three inflatable protagonists
    • Step on it.Rhiannon Harper-Rafferty replaces Timothy V. Murphy in the Confused.com driver’s seat.
    • Francisco Sendino arrives at Object & Animal.Object & Animal have completed the signing of German filmmaker Francisco Sendino for UK and US representation.
    • No hard feelings.Taskmaster host Greg Davies is a game show host scorned in this 40" promo.

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The King of Underdogs
"1v1"
1 min 33s
23 September 2020

China's most famous one-on-one basketball tournament calls 2020 players to action with this intriguing film. The piece adopts a determined tone from the word go, as the narrator discusses self-belief, commitment, and bringing one's A-game despite the naysayers.

Director Lennart Brede's visuals are spot-on, leading viewers from rainy, neon-lit streets to sterile libraries, smoggy skylines, and finally the basketball court. Whether it's kids playing on improvised surfaces or professional-grade gyms, it's clear how much the hallowed space means to those who use it.

Boasting animation which emphasises the monumental nature of the competition to the players involved, this film offers a compelling look into the mindset around using sport to measure pride. It's clear that these competitors are beyond motivated - and that the eventual face-offs are well worth watching.


EDF Energy
"Busy Doing Nothing"
60s
21 September 2020

It's hard to describe keeping the nation's lights on during a pandemic as 'doing nothing', but EDF Energy have a different take on the concept in their latest commercial. The 60" film explores what comprises a day in the life of the company - from servicing offshore wind turbines to visiting customers in their homes.

The brand's orange logo is reflected by the cinematography and the grade which are both excellent, but the jaunty soundtrack is equally memorable. There's even time of a swift cuppa amid the non-stop activity captured by director Marcus Soderlund.

It turns out the titular 'nothing' refers to efforts to generate zero-carbon energy, which may not convince those living near the proposed Sizewell C nuclear power station. Still, this a useful and appropriately energetic piece of work.


Seat
"Feel The Beat (Director's Cut)"
40s
23 September 2020

Seat's advertising has always been hit-and-miss, often struggling to leave an impression on these shores with bland car trips and garbled life hacks. However, this 40" commercial charms thanks to its three inflatable protagonists: a dinosaur, a flamingo, and a hippopotamus who know better than to mess with a bunch of cacti.

The moment all three cower at the sight of said plants is beautifully judged, with director Scott Lyon emphasising the pool toys' texture and physicality well. Crucially, the ad doesn't take itself too seriously, with the human driver perpetually nodding to the beat like a Flat Eric tribute act. A welcome change of pace for the Spanish marque.


confused.com
"Passers-By"
30s
22 September 2020

Rhiannon Harper-Rafferty replaces Timothy V. Murphy in the Confused.com driver’s seat, as the brand continue their anti-bedfuddlement campaign. Needless to say, both the website and Harper-Rafferty have their work cut out for them at the moment.

However, this 30" ad offers a more palatable, street-level example of confusion: a man and a woman caught in the dreaded 'pavement dance'. Scored by Vivaldi's Four Seasons, it's a classical to-and-fro nimbly shot by director Fredrik Bond.

Rather than follow the couple’s example, Harper-Rafferty urges viewers to aim straight for the advertised price comparison website. A final, brief burst of Link Wray's 'Rumble' reinforces the brand's unlikely sense of, dare we say, cool.


Francisco Sendino arrives at Object & Animal.

Object & Animal have completed the signing of German filmmaker Francisco Sendino for UK and US representation.

Dusseldorf-born Sendino cites Japanese cinema as an inspiration, particularly Juzo Itami's 1985 food comedy 'Tampopo'. This led to online short film 'Exchange' - an eggy tribute to what Sendino calls Itami's "blunt weirdness".


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Recent Promos
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Kelly Lee Owens
"The Corner of My Sky (ft. John Cale)"
6 mins 20s
29 Sep 2020
It's man vs. toast in this bizarre and highly atmospheric promo for Kelly Lee Owens' latest track 'The Corner of My Sky'. Michael Sheen stars as a man with a disconcerting breakfast issue: a toaster that disappears bread into the ether seemingly at will. Featuring vocals from the Velvet Underground's John Cale, the track itself has shades of Joy Division in its dreamy sound.

A G Cook
"Beautiful Superstar"
4 mins 42s
29 Sep 2020
Producer and Richard Ashcroft lookalike AG Cook embarks on an uncanny expedition in this sci-fi-tinged promo for ‘Beautiful Superstar’. Cook (who co-directs with Prosper Unger-Hamilton) wields both a camcorder and a modified crossbow as he observes extraterrestrial phenomena, including a giant, copyright lawyer-baiting apple.

Gaël Faye
"Respire"
3 mins 18s
23 Sep 2020
Florid architecture and ‘Tenet’-style breathing masks dominate this Gaël Faye promo from director Raphaël Levy. Shot in the Ivry-sur-Seine district of Paris, Levy's film juxtaposes the stifling mundanity of modern life (represented by desk jockeys on life support) with jagged concrete buildings that are somehow bursting with greenery.

Yusuf/Cat Stevens
"Father and Son 2020"
4 mins
18 Sep 2020
Cat Stevens gets meta with this re-working of classic track 'Father and Son', in which he swaps out his original vocals (when playing the father) for his now authentically-aged voice. It's a poignant choice, allowing the listener to hear a man reflecting on both his past and present self - the son with the desire to rush off and build a future, and the father urging caution.

Fenne Lily
"Solipsism"
3 mins 06s
16 Sep 2020
This promo for Bristol singer and songwriter Fenne Lily brings new meaning to the phrase 'shopping trip'. Shot in what may well be some viewers' local convenience store, the film sees banana-lover Lily overdose on potassium and face some highly personalised advertising. Even staff and fellow shoppers aren't immune to this mind mischief.

NOISY
"Put a Record On"
3 mins 03s
14 Sep 2020
Shot on 16mm film, this gritty promo for NOISY's 'Put a Record On' makes the most of its hazy medium. Director Thomas Davis's film has a distinctly textured quality to it, as the protagonist performs the track to camera with a snarl and buckets of attitude. Should appeal to fans of a Nineties aesthetic, rave culture, and, er, recreational writhing.

Katy Perry
"Cry About It Later"
3 mins 16s
14 Sep 2020
Katy Perry channels Studio Ghibli in this animated promo for latest single 'Cry About It Later'. The pop star turns traditional tales topsy-turvy in the lovingly rendered film, as she changes the focus of familiar fairy stories to embrace female empowerment. From transforming into a witch to beating a vampire at his own game, Perry's animated avatar is very much the hero of her own story.

Katy Perry
"Tucked"
3 mins 24s
11 Sep 2020
Directors Hoku & Adam evoke Archie Comics and other classic titles in this cheeky promo for Katy Perry’s ‘Tucked’. Like a healthy eating campaign gone wrong, a woman contemplates cheats on her part man, part brocolli husband with the hunky piece of candy across the road. So much for 'Love Me Tenderstem®'.

Stormzy
"Superheroes"
3 mins 46s
10 Sep 2020
Heroes can feel few and far between these days - elected officials quibble while the world burns, celebrities are exposed as abusers, and current events show deep divides at all levels of society - but Stormzy is determined to show Black youth that they can be their own heroes with this stirring promo dedicated to the late Chadwick Boseman.

FKA twigs
"Sad Day"
7 mins 34s
8 Sep 2020
FKA twigs adds wushu (or Chinese martial arts) to her eclectic CV in this Hiro Murai-directed video for 'Sad Day'. Filmed in and around north London, the promo sees Twigs and her companion lock swords in a Chinese takeaway before leaping into the night à la 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon'. Or should that be 'Crouch End Tiger'?

Groove Armada
"Lover 4 Now"
3 mins 38s
7 Sep 2020
This animated promo for Groove Armada's latest track is a labour of lockdown love. Inspired by the isolation and anxiety of coronavirus quarantine, director Fons Schiedon spins a tale of long-distance relationships and finding hope amidst the heavy silence. With sketchy animation and a scrappy vibe, the film sees an unlikely pair fall for each other via video call.

Run The Jewels
"Out of Sight"
4 mins 24s
4 Sep 2020
An unusual attempted heist takes centre stage in this entertaining promo for Run The Jewels' latest track 'Out of Sight'. The promo stars actors from director Ninian Doff's debut feature film 'Get Duked!' as would-be robbers - who get themselves into hot water when the gems they're eyeing up prove too tasty to resist.

Ghostpoet
"I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep"
4 mins 35s
3 Sep 2020
Ghostpoet turns barfly in this grimly compelling promo for 'I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep', with artist Obaro Ejimiwe seemingly content to drink the night away in a dive bar. Alas, fate has other plans in store for him. Some fresh air (among other things) lands Ghostpoet in the emergency room, and, well, things just go from bad to worse after that.

Elderbrook
"Why Do We Shake in the Cold?"
3 mins 19s
1 Sep 2020
EDM artist Elderbrook gets introspective on latest track 'Why Do We Shake in the Cold?'. The accompanying promo is trippy and intimate by turns, using dance and jerky repetition to communicate the all too human need for touch and connection. Director Jára Moravec's hypnotic visuals merit a second watch to let the atmosphere wash over.

Joesef
"I Wonder Why (Director's Cut)"
3 mins 46s
2 Sep 2020
Few would call this Joesef promo escapism per se. After all, director Molly Burdett traps the Glaswegian singer-songwriter in a small and dingy flat that literally blows hot and hold. Those desperate to swap town for country post-lockdown may intesify their efforts after watching radio dials melt and flies freeze to death.

Ty Dolla $ign
"Expensive (ft. Nicki Minaj)"
2 mins 53s
2 Sep 2020
For better or worse, Ty Dolla $ign's 'Expensive' sounds like a throwback to unadulterated hip-hop excess. Amid an enjoyably garish sea of dollar bills and designer boxes, Ty notes "I'ma take my girl to Dior this week" and "all my bitches gotta fit my aesthetic". Good to know someone's spending like there's no tomorrow during the pandemic.

Celeste
"Little Runaway"
3 mins 12s
1 Sep 2020
Director Sophie Jones and DP Joel Honeywell use a fisheye lens to good effect in this promo for Celeste's 'Little Runaway'. Like June's black-and-white visuals for 'I Can See the Change' (also shot by Jones and Honeywell), the outcome is economical yet eye-catching. If anything, the small-scale shoot allows Celeste's rich vocals to dominate even further.

James Vincent McMorrow
"I Should Go"
4 mins 45s
27 Aug 2020
This surprisingly poignant promo for James Vincent McMorrow's latest track 'I Should Go' follows an actor trying to hit the big time. As he makes the transition from vlogging to Hollywood in the hopes of an audition, his desire for recognition becomes increasingly desperate. Needless to say, things don't go to plan.

Mellah
"Habit"
3 mins 55s
25 Aug 2020
This surreal promo for Mellah's latest track 'Habit' brings to life the self-sabotaging cycles present in the song's lyrics. The fact it was shot during lockdown has a direct impact on the film's visuals, as infinite versions of Mellah haunt and taunt the singer by turns. This isn't a film for the faint of heart, but the overall effect is striking.

Dua Lipa
"Levitating (ft. Madonna & Missy Elliott)"
4 mins 17s
25 Aug 2020
Not one to rest on her laurels (even during a pandemic), Dua Lipa has already completed a remix of this year's critically acclaimed 'Future Nostalgia' album. Her thrumming new take on 'Levitating' features vocals from Madonna and Missy Elliott, no less, and also receives a luminous promo courtesy of director Will Hooper.

Biffy Clyro
"Space"
4 mins 22s
21 Aug 2020
Being a proud Scot, Biffy Clyro frontman Simon Neil is used to getting soaked. This Joe Connor-directed promo for 'Space' sees Neil and dancer Jasmine Chiu caught in a decidedly localised shower, followed by an underwater sequence that no designer shirt or dress is expected to survive. It gives a whole new meaning to the term "fashion victim".

Hak Baker
"Wobbles on Cobbles"
5 mins 27s
20 Aug 2020
Hak Baker's 'Wobbles on Cobbles' is a masterclass in storytelling - a spoken word track which unfolds over a gentle, acoustic backdrop as it documents a few 'jumped up' weeks in its author's life. Fans of Mike Skinner et al. will appreciate the song's conversational tone, as the mundane and unusual are reported with equal enthusiasm.

Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion
"WAP"
4 mins
16 Aug 2020
Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion's controversial track 'WAP' is gleefully unapologetic in its sensuality, silliness, and serious demands for partners to up their game in the bedroom. The promo sees the two rappers frolic their way through a stylish house which appears to have quite the plumbing issue, encountering tigers, snakes, and twerking celebrities as they go.

One Acen
"Nigeria"
2 mins 52s
18 Aug 2020
Shan Phearon directs this busy promo for One Acen's 'Nigeria', moving between uncanny shootouts and title cards explaining terms like prequel, sequel, and reboot. At just shy of three minutes long, viewers must tune into the promo's frequency quickly or they risk being shot in the back of the head by a hockey mask-wearing assailant. Eye-catching VFX helps sell the proposition.

The Magician
"You and Me"
3 mins 35s
17 Aug 2020
This colourful spin on love at first sight arrives courtesy of Belgian DJ The Magician and director Andrea Mae Perez, who renders downtown Tokyo in multiple dreamy hues. Amidst the hustle and bustle of Japan's capital city, a blind man and a sighted woman embark on an increasingly psychedelic first date together.

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