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Lidl
"Loathe / Like / Love"
2 mins
24 Mar 2019
This trio of commercials for Lidl made for the Northern Ireland market were shot by Michael 'Derry Girls' Lennox and they demonstrate his innate gift for delivering broad stroked comedy. In the first - and strongest - of the films, an angry man draws attention to the retailer's offerings by explaining how much he loathes the shop.

Knife Free
"Dean's Story"
2 mins 28s
24 Mar 2019
This beautiful little documentary about a young man whose life was affected by knife crime was made to remind others in a similar position that they should not carry a weapon. Dean was caught and the consequent criminal record made his life really difficult. Luckily, he was put in touch with James who had been through the same situation and was able to mentor him and give his life a new purpose.

Our Future, Our Choice
"People's Vote"
60s
25 Mar 2019
As a petition to revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU tops 5.5 million signatures, the prospect of a rosy Brexit seems increasingly unlikely (if, indeed, it were ever possible at all). This astute film throws the pro-leave camp's fairytale view of Britain's future into sharp relief - highlighting the unrealistic nature of their claims like the most tone-deaf travel commercial.

Two Door Cinema Club
"Talk"
3 mins 46s
25 Mar 2019
Indie rockers Two Door Cinema Club have released this stylish promo to accompany their latest single, 'Talk'. The thoroughly retro affair is directed by Max Siedentopf, who brings a tongue-in-cheek humour to proceedings - plonking cartwheels, coat hangers, and reams of red spandex into the fray. Eye-catching, vibrant material.

Land Rover
"Lost in the Woods"
30s
25 Mar 2019
Land Rover's dynamic father and son duo return for another haphazard woodland romp in another instalment of the marque's latest campaign. While the 'always be prepared' motto may have passed the pair by, the quick-thinking dad can rely on his car's remote control headlights to show them the way out of the thicket.

Praything
"I've Never Danced Like This"
3 mins 27s
25 Mar 2019
Praything's latest single 'I've Never Danced Like This' comes with an intriguing visual accompaniment. This minimalist, dance-focused promo proves unexpectedly intimate, as a pair of dancers - including Praything himself, Ju Kovacevich - perform a measured routine.. along with some helpful lighting from a mysterious white cube.

Glenlivet
"Carnivale"
25s
25 Mar 2019
Speyside single malt The Glenlivet provide a hands-on demonstration of high-end cocktail construction in this mouth-watering clip. A bartender prepares a Carnivale cocktail with all the bells and whistles - from liberally applied ice and discriminating liquor to a freshly cracked coconut for garnish. Thirsty work, that.

HM Government
"EU Exit"
30s
23 Mar 2019
Those who need clarification regarding Brexit (i.e. everyone including those negotiating it) can wend their way to the Government's ‘EU Exit' website, according to this animated commercial. Given the plethora of mixed messages offered by politicians, analysts, and trade bodies alike, however, this is unlikely to inspire much confidence.

AN Post
"For Your World"
60s
25 Mar 2019
The One Show's Angela Scanlon fronts this sure-footed commercial for Ireland's postal service, with Scanlon lending a hand to anyone within walking distance. The presenter is constantly on the move as she outlines An Post's role in contemporary Ireland, whilst also needling their politically-hamstrung colleagues across the Irish Sea.

Skoda
"Doug the Dog"
67s
25 Mar 2019
We never thought we'd hear an Old English Sheepdog described as a "one-tonne projectile", but that's one of the key takeaways from this French ad for Skoda. Keen to underline the importance of pet safety whilst on the road, the marque humorously imagine the difficulties associated with owning a dog the size of a camper van.

APRE
"Backstreet"
3 mins 33s
25 Mar 2019
Alt-pop duo APRE receive an achingly offbeat promo for their new track ‘Backstreet', courtesy of director Amitay Leopold. As the cast hoover up cocktail sausages, trap footballs in bird cages, and bathe in apples, APRE aka Charlie Brown and Jules Konieczny muse on our efforts to knock unsteady relationships back into shape.

23andMe
"Meet Your Genes"
30s
23 Mar 2019
What do you get for the mum who has everything this Mother's Day? A saliva collection kit from 23andMe, of course. That's the closing gambit of this colourful ad for the home genomics brand, which also bids to inject more personality into the likes of ACTN3 (the muscle building gene), CYP1A2 (caffeine headquarters) and so forth.

The Hour
"Wasted"
3 mins 55s
20 Mar 2019
It's rare to see a video which is so perfectly aligned to the music track it promotes that the two are completely intertwined, but that's what you've got here in this film directed by Skunk's Ben Strebel for new music act The Hour. It is a disturbing and challenging piece of work offering an interesting take on the notion of anonymity - an important dimension of The Hour who perform wearing masks in the hope that this will allow the band to "mutate and warp over time".

KFC
"Chicken Town"
60s
22 Mar 2019
KFC take on fried chicken fakers in this portentous commercial which focuses on the high street poultry boom. The ad opens with a shadowy figure cruising down a busy urban street, neon signs of lesser imitators reflecting in the vehicle's glossy exterior to a lofty, classical soundtrack. The driver, of course, is none other than the shoelace-tied Colonel himself.

Trials Rising
"Try Again"
2 mins 09s
22 Mar 2019
Ubisoft emphasise the importance of 'failing, failing again, failing better' in this kinetic ad for their latest release, ‘Trials Rising'. Directed by Hugues de la Brosse, the promo sees a mysterious bike rider become something of a motivational spectre for various people, including a would-be skateboarder and a despondent American football team.

Short Films
"Sir John Lubbock's Pet Wasp"
2 mins
22 Mar 2019
This black-and-white curio from directors Laurie Hill and Osbert Parker offers a fun sideways glance at the work of John Lubbock: nineteenth-century baron, knight of the realm, and noted insect lover. Part biopic, part entomological fever dream, Hill and Parker cast Lubbock as a wasp's insistent, eccentric mentor.

Vanish
"Green Arrow"
30s
22 Mar 2019
Vanish promise to live up to their name in this jaunty ad, claiming to banish stains without excessive chemicals, dyes, or fragrance. Each brightly-coloured messy vignette - from sliding tackles to fussy babies - is well realised, and anyone averse to the flowery pong from a fresh load of laundry is bound to sit up and take notice.

Het Nieuwsblad
"Bicycle Race"
35s
22 Mar 2019
Cycling is big in the Netherlands (who knew?), and newspaper Het Nieuwsblad claims to be the first port of call for enthusiasts to get all the latest race news. This kinetic montage of cycling moments and crowd shots creates an impressive sense of excitement - both for fans and causal spectators jonesing for an adrenaline kick.

Pandora
"Photo Shoot"
30s
21 Mar 2019
There's something mildly creepy about the photographer in this Mother's Day plug for high street jewellers Pandora. Shot in artsy monochrome, the ad sees a bloke corral a mum and her two children for a beach house snap. We assume he's a relation - otherwise, there are more pressing matters than a free Pandora bracelet to attend to.

Land Rover
"Night Under the Stars"
30s
22 Mar 2019
Not everyone is built for life in the great outdoors, says this amiable father-son outing for Land Rover. Accompanied by a folksy soundtrack, the ad depicts a dad's clumsy efforts to pitch a tent in the woods. His son isn't much help, either, but at least the boy's canny enough to turn their SUV into a serviceable shelter for the night.

Vogue
"Lost in Luxury"
2 mins 03s
21 Mar 2019
Fans of surf rock and Seventies disco (that most common musical cross-section) will appreciate this nimble Vogue film, which sees a woman turn a five-star-hotel into her personal dancefloor-slash-runway. In a sector often riddled with po-faced protagonists, at least this two-minute effort manages to cut loose.

ITV Racing
"The Name Game"
40s
21 Mar 2019
Hmmm... this is cute and that's it's problem. The Grand National is not just the biggest horse race of the steeplechase season, it's also an animal welfare issue. The playfulness is likely to prompt a backlash who feel aggrieved at the idea of the horses being in any way excited by the prospect of participating in a race which is can be lethal. That said, it's nicely done.

Nissan
"Black Bay Recording Studio"
67s
21 Mar 2019
Nottingham-born music producer Pete Fletcher upped sticks in 2015 to open a recording studio on the Isle of Lewis, and this Nissan film offers punters a guided tour of Black Bay. Despite the remote location, Fletcher describes how a combination of solar panels and the battery from his electric van keep the studio lights on and the music flowing.

Hornbach
"The Smell of Spring"
60s
21 Mar 2019
German retailer Hornbach have always had an off-kilter take on all things DIY. Past outings from the brand have seen men belly-surf down rocky slopes and women introduce a sledgehammer to stereotypes - now they have a bizarre use for human sweat in mind. There's no shortage of the wet stuff in Sam Hibbard's 60" ad, as middle-aged men toil in the warm spring sun.

Toyota
"Parasport"
30s
21 Mar 2019
Blind archers, wheelchair basketballers, and amputee rowers populate this 30" ad from Toyota and sporting charity Parasport. The cast share an irrepressible joie de vivre as they demonstrate their skills, while an alternate cut audio described by The Last Leg's Alex Brooker further underlines the marque's inclusive credentials.

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