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JOSH COHEN SIGNS WITH OBJECT & ANIMAL
28 April 2024

Director Josh Cohen has joined the marvellous roster of talent at Object and Animal, and EP Dom Thomas is effusive in his praise for the new recruit: "Josh’s energy and enthusiasm for people and stories is felt in every frame. His unique way of bringing scripts to life with forensic attention to detail, innovation and humour is something we were immediately drawn to."

To find evidence for Thomas's assessment, look no further than this recent film for Nando's featuring Arsenal and England footballer Bukayo Saka.


Saka may possess an unusual amount of charm for a footballer, but wrangling a performance like this, at the same time as generating a huge amount of visual interest and offering a sense of Nando's brand values makes for a mission of some complexity, and Cohen brings assuredness and pizzazz in equal measure.

Something we always admire about directors is an ability to elevate a script even when, to be brutally honest, it doesn't really deserve it... and this commercial for HoneyBook is a great example of that.


The advertised service is both niche and pretty dry, but Cohen's ability to maximise the visual opportunities of the script make it both diverting and attention-grabbing.

You can see more of Josh Cohen's work at the Object & Animal website and then ask Laura Hegarty about his availability using laura.h@objectanimal.com.

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