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    • The First Clean is The DeepestThis quirky outing for Vanish suggests our carpets are even dirtier than we think.
    • Knives out.This darkly funny short film is a heady blend of murder, northern soul, and sex chat lines.
    • Channel hopper.French immigrant Léa (Alicia Medina) washes dishes in a London cafe and reads Juliet Nicolson in her sparsely furnished flat.
    • Gimme shell-ter.Homebase’s eerily topical ‘Feels Good to be Home’ campaign returns with this 40” creature feature starring Gary the tortoise.
    • Move your feet.While the phrase 'toe jam' may not inspire confidence in viewers, we promise that this quirky commercial from Gala Bingo is a lot more appealing than its title suggests.
    • Team effort.The great British pastime of keepy-uppy takes centre stage in this cheerful film from director Jacques Salmon.
    • Virus Crisis Podcast: Jennifer SheridanDirector Jennifer Sheridan talks about her move to Park Village and some recent non-advertising projects.
    • Julien & Quentin join HAMLETFrench directing duo Julien & Quentin have joined HAMLET for representation in Belgium, the Netherlands, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
    • In the picture: Papaya Rocks Film Festival 2020.Bethnal Green’s Genesis Cinema hosted the second annual Papaya Rocks Film Festival on Thursday 27th February, and there was plenty to keep fans of no-budget cinema entertained.
    • Touching From a DistanceThis stripped-back ad from Channel 4 demonstrates how the commercial industry is adapting to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.
    • Uncommon enlist Jonas Roth and Rasmus Smith Bech.Danish creative duo Jonas Roth and Rasmus Smith Bech have joined the ranks at Uncommon.
    • Darling Films welcome Daniel Skoglund.New signing Daniel Skoglund brings a “slick visual universe” to the table, according to Darling Films.
    • Virus Crisis Podcast: Sascha Darroch-DaviesWe talk to DLMDD's Sascha Darroch-Davies.
    • Man vs NatureGardening gets the action movie treatment in this enticing outing for Honda.
    • The royal treatment.Cautiously optimistic racing fans can take heart from this 60” plug for Royal Ascot 2020.
    • An important takeaway.Chat shows as we know them have quickly become a thing of the past, but ITV stalwarts Ant and Dec are keeping things ticking over.

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Vanish
"Carpet Street"
30s
30 March 2020

Being that we're all stuck indoors for the foreseeable future, it may distress viewers to learn that our carpets are even dirtier than one might expect. At least, that's according to this quirky outing for Vanish, who may well see a jump in sales now that customers are confronted with their own filthy homes on a continuous basis.

Director Sye Allen hammers the point home with a parade of pets, commuters, and sports fans, all of whom trample a mountain of dirt into a woman's freshly hoovered floor. There's even an entire tour’s worth of cyclists thrown into the mix, just to make sure no speck of carpet goes unblemished.

Now that deep cleaning to alleviate boredom is a national past time, it seems likely that audiences will be impelled by the prospect of getting the last morsels of muck out of their homes. Vanish will hope it's worth the supermarket queue, at least.


Short Films
"Skeletons"
22 mins
30 March 2020

This darkly funny short film is a heady blend of murder, northern soul, and sex chat lines, anchored by a touching performance from Carrie Cohen. She plays Rose, a housewife who resorts to desperate measures when a man is killed by husband Nestor (Ian Reddington). She doesn’t want justice, however - she wants love and companionship.

What follows is a bizarre yet moving courtship between woman and corpse, as Rose relives her nightclub days, enjoys some mealtime conversation, and tries to remove bloodstains with a stiff wire brush in-between. Aided by some pleasingly retro and fusty production design, Hunter makes it easy to root for Rose’s macabre emancipation.


Short Films
"Lea"
4 mins 08s
30 March 2020

French immigrant Léa (Alicia Medina) washes dishes in a London cafe and reads Juliet Nicolson in her sparsely furnished flat. It’s fair to say UK life is nothing to write or call home about so far, and her meddling family - represented by her brother via voicemail - want to know Léa’s game plan. For now, the only escape is the beach in her head.

Part contemporary dance piece, part literal ‘kitchen sink’ drama, James Coyle and Jamie McCormack’s film offers a heightened interpretation of urban isolation. Léa herself may be a cypher, but that sense of climbing (or, in this case, walking) up the walls with frustration will doubtless chime with many just now.


Homebase
"Gary the Tortoise"
40s
30 March 2020

Homebase’s eerily topical ‘Feels Good to be Home’ campaign returns with this 40” creature feature starring Gary - a CG-enhanced pet tortoise capable of giving any hare a run for its money. Accompanied by the theme to The Adventures of Black Beauty, Gary makes a beeline for his family’s rejuvenated back garden.

At a time when parks and other public spaces pose a risk to public health, those fortunate enough to enjoy their own patch of greenery will appreciate the ad’s bounding optimism. Like countless other retailers forced to shut during the coronavirus pandemic, the onus is now on Homebase to juggle the needs of online customers with the health of their staff.


Gala Bingo
"Toe Jam"
30s
29 March 2020

While the phrase 'toe jam' may not inspire confidence, we promise that this quirky commercial from Gala Bingo is a lot more appealing than its title suggests. The action centres on a woman who makes the most of having her hands occupied with the advertised app, playing a concert in her living room with surprisingly dexterous feet.

Pooch and partner look on as sparks quite literally fly - suggesting there's plenty of excitement to be found in the bingo site's guaranteed daily wins. Playing from the comfort of one's living room is the only way bingo enthusiasts are getting a game any time soon, so perhaps this spirited display will encourage sceptics to give it a go.


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Homebase
"Gary the Tortoise"
40s
30 Mar 2020
Homebase’s eerily topical ‘Feels Good to be Home’ campaign returns with this 40” creature feature starring Gary - a CG-enhanced pet tortoise capable of giving any hare a run for its money. Accompanied by the theme to The Adventures of Black Beauty, Gary makes a beeline for his family’s rejuvenated back garden.

Honda
"Power On"
60s
24 Mar 2020
Gardening gets the action movie treatment in this enticing outing for Honda. The brand focus on their range of mowers and other plant-pruning apparatus, as they encourage gardeners with stamina to get stuck in. Given the current circumstances, there may be a lot of passionate new plant-tacklers joining the fray.

Very
"Princess Party (Director's Cut)"
50s
16 Mar 2020
Dragons typically get a bad rap when princesses are involved. Not so in this charming Very.co.uk ad, which handily reinforces the retailer’s progressive approach to playtime. A girl is crestfallen when she’s invited to a ‘princess party’, as she prefers the scaly, fire-breathing type. Luckily, her dad is a supportive bloke… and a demon with a sewing machine.

Ovo
"War on Carbon"
60s
16 Mar 2020
While the threat of climate change may feel like an insurmountable burden when faced with the cold hard facts, there is hope to be had. Ovo focus on that proactive attitude in their latest ad, which addresses the ongoing and essential 'war on carbon'. The film focuses on togetherness and the collective power of humans to enact meaningful change,

Apple AirPods
"Snap"
1 min 57s
13 Mar 2020
This transformative commercial for Apple sees a woman's hectic walk through the city changed into something far more fantastical. Director Kim Gehrig plays with colour to great effect here, switching between neon and day-glo sequences of escapism and muted excursions into the everyday world when reality intrudes.

Nike
"Getting to the Start Line"
60s
13 Mar 2020
A typically motivational outing for Nike focuses on world 200m champion Dina Asher-Smith. The track star discusses her physical and mental preparations for Tokyo 2020, along with the impact training at her familiar home ground has on both her mental and emotional state. This is a lovely insight into the high-performance mindset - regardless of whether the coming Olympics happen on time or not.

Club de Creativos
"Couples"
1 min 46s
12 Mar 2020
Husbands, wives, and significant others bemoan their partners’ choice of career in this droll ad for Spanish advertising union Club de Creativos. Having been left in the lurch once too often, the cast leap at the chance to savage radio silence, talking shop, and umpteen late nights. Naturally, it’s the off-screen lot who earn the organisation’s sympathy.

Gumtree
"A Car Right Up Your Street"
30s
12 Mar 2020
This restrained outing from Gumtree encourages car buyers to look local first. Director Charlotte Regan goes for a light touch here, as a young boy delivers a rhyming script which outlines the brand's unique proposition: vehicles nearby, already tested on local streets, easily accessible for the consumer when time is at a premium.

Direct Line
"Bumblebee"
60s
6 Mar 2020
Direct Line round off their cinematic trilogy with this CG-heavy slice of action starring ‘Transformers’ staple Bumblebee - the world’s most kitted-out Volkswagen Beetle. This time, however, Decepticons are the least of his worries. Like RoboCop and Donatello before him, Bumblebee is compelled to help a policyholder in need.

Fanta
"Idiots Are Amazing"
90s
11 Mar 2020
Since we're living in an unprecedented age of idiots, it seems only right that Fanta pay such everyday daredevils the proper respect. A little stupidity can go a long way, say the brand, as we see a trio of entrepreneurial eejits preparing to risk life and limb for the sake of a laugh. Cue a guy in a giraffe suit, a waterless diver, and a wheelbarrow pilot.

Community Clothing
"Northern Soul"
82s
10 Mar 2020
This kinetic commercial for Community Clothing celebrates one of the most striking features of the North - its sense of social togetherness. While the South is renowned for abruptness and chilly public attitude (and Scotland and Wales have their own distinct codes of behaviour), this film makes one thing very clear: it's right friendly up North.

McDonald's
"Night Workers"
60s
9 Mar 2020
The unsung heroes of the night take centre stage in this latest ad for McDonald's. No, not Batman and his cohort - the stars here are the early shift workers, all-night standby staff, and everyone in-between who keep things running while the rest of the world is asleep. There's been a trend for ads staring invisible protagonists lately, but director Sam Brown brings his own flair to proceedings.

Tena
"Ageless"
60s
9 Mar 2020
This daring piece of work for Tena picks up where Dove left off and delivers something even more compelling. Produced by Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO and Merman, the ad has plenty to say about sex, ageing, and incontinence, and goes about it in a mature, textured, and even flirty manner. Bolstered by grainy, intimate visuals and strong casting, this may in fact be awkward or challenging viewing for some.

Lurpak
"Where There Are Cooks, There is Hope"
60s
9 Mar 2020
The state of the world may seem dire at present, but fear not: an army of cooks are ready to save us. At least, according to this intriguing commercial for Lurpak, which celebrates the creativity, care, and and commitment that goes into nourishing the ones we love - body and soul alike. Enough to make the late Rutger Hauer proud.

Department of Health & Social Care
"Our NHS People"
60s
9 Mar 2020
The unsung heroes who keep the NHS running through thick and thin are celebrated in this touching ad from the Department of Health & Social Care. From providing life-saving critical care at the scene of an accident to making the time to chat about a patient's worries, this film covers a wide range of positions and services in a respectful 60".

Direct Line
"RoboCop"
60s
6 Mar 2020
2014’s ‘RoboCop’ was a slick but soulless remake of Paul Verhoeven’s Eighties classic. Next to have a crack at the crime-fighting cyborg are Direct Line of all people, who place Alex Murphy firmly in non-lethal mode. This will no doubt upset gorehounds who prefer to see limbs blown off and people melted by toxic waste.

Nike
"From the Grounds Up"
4 mins 06s
5 Mar 2020
While we’re far from the ‘Just Say No’ days of trying to convince kids that bad behaviour isn’t cool on adult word alone, there are few schemes which effectively harness the power of peer pressure to influence positive change. This ad for Nike shines a light on one such scheme, as former convict and football enthusiast Bobby Kasanga explains his efforts to keep kids out of gang life since his release from prison.

DB Export
"That's Why"
30s
4 Mar 2020
While heavy drinking may seem as entrenched in Western cultures as racism and panicked responses to exaggerated headlines, there's been a distinct shift towards buying low or no-alcohol drinks over the past few years. This entertaining Kiwi ad focuses on one such product: DB Export's 0.0% brew.

Wagamama
"Flavour Dimension"
60s
3 Mar 2020
This anime-inspired commercial for Wagamama celebrates the chain's ties to Japanese culture. Tactile animation focuses on the experience of dining out, as a woman gets ready to treat herself to dinner at the same time as a chef puts love and talent into preparing her meal. Things then take a decidedly fantastical turn after she samples said dish...

Otto
"The Most Beautiful Place on Earth"
45s
3 Mar 2020
This 45” ad for German mail order company Otto is a low-key treat. Directed by filmmaking team Edward Lovelace and James Hall aka D.A.R.Y.L., their latest captures the moment when we shut the front door on the world and reacquaint ourselves with home. The result is a piece of quietly persuasive work from the German market.

O2
"You're Our Headline Act"
30s
2 Mar 2020
At first glance, this O2 commercial suggests that the brand have well and truly gone to the dark side. In fact, it’s difficult to spot the protagonist amidst the gloom initially. To make matters worse, his network phone battery dies… but that’s where a certain oxygenated network provider step in. As Michael Kiwanuka’s ‘Light’ sets the tone, the man is suddenly elevated to headliner status.

Lego
"Catching Crooks The Kids Way"
90s
28 Feb 2020
Childrens' imaginations have always been the secret sauce in Lego's enduring success - generations have projected their own games onto the versatile blocks, constructing and destroying entire worlds with the glee that only childhood fantasy can produce. This latest commercial celebrates that in charming fashion, bringing such games to life in a slick, polished manner.

Jägermeister
"Be The Meister"
60s
27 Feb 2020
The strikingly original piece for Jägermeister successfully cements the idea that this brand is a nexus of hedonism. Opening on a pair of DJs blasting a new vibe into the ether, the film takes us on a journey which suggests that life can be a whole lot more fun when filtered through the prism of the advertised drink.

Apple Arcade
"A New World to Play In"
60s
27 Feb 2020
Fantasy and reality meet in entertainingly odd ways in this new commercial for the Apple Arcade platform. The fruit-based giant’s stab at mobile gaming promises users more high-quality games than they can handle - with regular updates to help keep things ticking along - and that abundance of content is reflected in the sheer variety of scenarios crammed into this 60" ad.

Volvo
"The Tower"
80s
27 Feb 2020
Volvo Trucks president Roger Alm is on top of the world in this rain-soaked commercial… or four of his company’s heavy-duty vehicles, at least. And we thought higher-ups like Alm never left the comfort of their desks. The trench coat-wearing Swede proves us wrong by embracing the elements like a middle-aged rain god.

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