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Just-Eat
"Katy Perry"
60s
18 May 2022
Katy Perry lives in a supersized dollhouse in a new commercial for Just-Eat. The popstar takes over from Snoop Dogg as the delivery service's latest musically inclined spokesperson, delivering carefully crafted food puns over a beat heavy track. Each scene is meticulously aesthetically designed here, with Perry sporting food focused outfits like cake dresses and lettuce bras to match her colourful surroundings.

Brooklyn Film Festival
"Something to Offend Everyone"
30s
18 May 2022
The definition of offensive material gets broader every day, even turning movie recommendations into a crapshoot. Fortunately, the Brooklyn Film Festival (BFF) have put together a handy training programme for those with thin-skinned friends, family, and colleagues. Of course, some may be offended by the fact that you need tips and tricks to speak them.

Nike
"Tiger Would"
60s
17 May 2022
Tiger Woods has endured a lot during his career, including a broken leg, multiple back surgeries, and even a corporate seance. A car crash in 2021 almost finished him off for good. Yet he still managed to compete in the 2022 Masters—not bad for a man held together by metal and gaffer tape.

Alzheimer's Society
"It's Not Called Getting Old"
90s
17 May 2022
Everyone wants to be understood. It's frustrating when we have to repeat ourselves, especially to those who should 'get' us straight away. Take the couple in this slow-burning film, for example: no matter how many times the husband tells his wife they'll leave at eight o'clock the next day, the information just doesn't stick.

Nike
"Seen It All"
4 mins 43s
16 May 2022
To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Nike presents 'Seen It All' with Spike Lee reincarnating his character Mars Blackmon. In a Brooklyn Park, Mars faces off against worthy opponent Zimmie played by actor Indigo Hubbard-Salk in a chess game cum rap battle. Mars looks back at some of the most memorable moments in the last fifty years of Nike’s sporting superstars

Love Island
"Love. We Own It"
60s
16 May 2022
Controversy magnets Love Island are bullish ahead of the show's upcoming eighth series. Rival dating shows and gurus are told to stand aside this summer, lest they drown in a sea of factor fifteen sunscreen or get pelted with aubergines or worse.

Star Alliance
"Better Together"
6 mins 24s
16 May 2022
If you thought small talk was ill-suited to Zoom and the like, try writing a ballet with dancers based in Germany, Japan, and the United States respectively. Needless to say, Northern Ballet choreographer Kenneth Tindall likes a challenge. This six-and-a-half minute Star Alliance film charts his remote work with dancers Amanda Assucena, Alexei Orlenco, and Ayami Miyata, as well as composer Venus Ex Machina.

P & G
"The Name"
60s
15 May 2022
Proctor & Gamble have made a habit of creating emotional films in the last few years, and with this execution, they've done it again. We see Yeong Ju as an innocent newborn baby being held in her mother’s arms in the hospital and then as a young school aged child. The challenge of being different is touched upon as we see her uncertainty as she looks around the school bus uncertain where to sit, before deciding she's better off by herself.

Sinyi Realty
"In Love We Trust Part 2"
8 mins 13s
11 May 2022
This ad for a Taiwanese estate agency shows once again how a truly great piece of advertising doesn't necessarily have to connect directly to the product or the service being advertised. It’s a long film which revisits the couple we first met in an award-winning film last year, and it’s utterly absorbing - once you start watching, you'll find it hard to turn away.

Mr Porter
"Belonging"
30s
11 May 2022
The themes of belonging, togetherness and discovery run powerfully through this Mr. Porter commercial. The online platform for luxury men’s clothing simply shows men enjoying their lives, and doing what they love with the ones they hold dearest. The brand suggests that togetherness is “the only true place we call home.”

Land Rover Range Rover
"The Spillway"
6 mins 44s
11 May 2022
A few years ago, Land Rover were persuaded by Spark 44 to take on an audacious driving challenge to demonstrate to the world the full capability of their Range Rovers. The result was astounding. The Dragon Challenge film was the subject of a CraftWorks session in 2018, and an ad industry audience was ushered into pin drop silence by the tension of watching it on a big screen.

Lexus
"Next Chapter"
79s
11 May 2022
As Forza Horizon 2 players will attest, director Caleb Slain likes to immerse viewers in his car ads. His opening cinematic for the 2014 Xbox title 'hypnotises' gamers so they are ready for open-world racing action. Eight years later, this accomplished piece of work for Lexus has a similiar vibe.

LinkedIn
"Find Your Space"
60s
11 May 2022
Nearly every working adult will be able to identify with this entertaining and lively ad from LinkedIn. The commercial takes us on a journey in which a female protagonist is trying to find her place and where she fits in in a changing working world.

Top Boy
"Uncut"
12 mins 28s
10 May 2022
Ashley Walters leads a group discussion between a handful of the stars from the latest series of 'Top Boy'. The setup is an informal one with lots of jokes and banter, and casual chat all mixed in with clips from the new series. On previous series, Walters ’s part in the show has been only as an actor. He has now stepped up to perform an EP role as well, giving him partial creative control and a direct impact on the stories told within the show.

Responsa
"Second Chance"
6 mins 31s
8 May 2022
This film touchingly describes the struggles faced by ex-offenders once they’re released from prison. The stark black and white visuals are used to great effect as we witness Randolpho’s release from prison and his attempts to start rebuilding a life. We see him facing roadblock after roadblock and can understand his frustration when we see him breaking into a car.

Expo 2020
"Dreaming Together"
2 mins 43s
10 May 2022
This animated film played during the recent World Expo in Dubai and charts the history of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). the culture may be ancient but the UAE is a young country, having been founded in just 1971. Ace directing duo Smith & Foulkes visited the country and worked with an all-female team of researchers before returning home to create this masterpiece.

Glo
"Battle of the Year"
2 mins
8 May 2022
This high energy, fast moving commercial shows urban dance at its highest level and in a competitive environment. The individual showmanship and the collaborative routines combine for an amazing and vibrant display, and you can’t help appreciating the athleticism and discipline required for performance at this level.

Lego
"The Most Boring Room Ever"
79s
10 May 2022
Content warning: this lovely ad for the LEGO Foundation contains scenes of explicit boredom and violence against paper. It's all in the name of science though, as the brand aim to prove that humans are playful creatures by design. The premise is simple: children are invited to sit at a desk and… that's it. Now we know what Taskmaster would look like if Alex Horne ever ran out of ideas.

Crossbet
"A Proper Punter"
68s
5 May 2022
This Australian betting commercial sets out a series of challenges to potential punters. They say they want us to take betting seriously, but, paradoxically, thanks to some marvellous work from Daniel Warwick, they express this idea in the most ridiculous fashion possible.

Tena
"Last Lonely Menopause"
2 mins
6 May 2022
Australian director Shannon Murphy has a good track record with coming-of-age stories. Her debut feature, ‘Babyteeth’, was a raw, life-affirming portrayal of cancer, loss, and love, and her first UK commercial—a two-minute ad for Tena— is another expressive triumph.

Microsoft
"Invictus Games"
3 mins 04s
5 May 2022
Last month saw the return of the Invictus Games after three-and-a-half years away. Though the athletes rightly took centre stage, Microsoft reckon those behind the scenes deserve credit too—people like Karl Hinett and Emma Lumb. Due to life-changing injuries, neither is able to play musical instruments like they used to... but the brand have a few tricks up their sleeves.

Simply Be
"F-it"
30s
5 May 2022
Amy Becker-Burnett directs this popping commercial for Simply Be, who insist that the age of "squeezing in and spilling out" of clothes is over. The brand also hire Naomi Shimada, Hollie-May Saker, Tania Nwachukwu, and Trina Nicole—four models who've endured saggy jeans and uncomfortable straps for the last time.

Kathmandu
"Biodegradable Jacket"
45s
5 May 2022
Kiwi outerwear experts Kathmandu announce their first fully biodegradable jacket with this playful commercial. The BioDown coat contains microorganisms which degrade the material if it's put into landfill, meaning there's less of an impact on the planet when the garment is retired.

LALCEC
"Don't Fear the Finger"
1 min 37s
3 May 2022
There's plenty to fear in the world, but a digital rectal exam (DRE) should not be one of them. That's according to the Argentine League for the Fight Against Cancer, who cheekily use musical finger puppets to endorse prostate examinations. The band cover both common phobias (clowns, spiders, flying, etc.) and unusual ones ("mollusc-eating", anyone?) with aplomb.

White Claw
"Storm"
60s
3 May 2022
Hard seltzer purveyors White Claw celebrate those who grab life's opportunities with both hands in their latest campaign. The brand stick with their black and white aesthetic for the 60" piece, which sees a peaceful day at the beach interrupted by a sudden storm warning.

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