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Volvo
"Nemo's Garden"
5 mins 41s
22 August 2017
UK Cars

Volvo’s Sky Atlantic partnership continues to promote thought-provoking feats of design and engineering. This seabound documentary charts Sergio and Luca Gamberini’s efforts to safeguard one farm’s basil crop. The answer? Underwater greenhouses.

Gamberini Snr. claims: “When you look deep enough, you will always find a solution” - turns out he’s a man of his word. Despite Mother Nature’s best efforts, the scuba diving duo install enough biospheres to keep this Italian resort in the green.

It’s an intriguing glimpse beneath the surface. While the Gamberinis remain cautiously optimistic about the scheme, the marque lends its full support. An enlightening watch for divers and basil connoisseurs alike.

Dolmio
"No Drama"

Chris said:

Can't believe she just lets fred west eat her pasta.


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Volvo
"Nemo's Garden"
5 mins 41s
22 Aug 2017
Volvo’s Sky Atlantic partnership continues to promote thought-provoking feats of design and engineering. This seabound documentary charts Sergio and Luca Gamberini’s efforts to safeguard one farm’s basil crop. The answer? Underwater greenhouses. Gamberini Snr. claims: “When you look deep enough, you will always find a solution” - turns out he’s a man of his word.

National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse
"Dad Jokes"
60s
22 Aug 2017
A quick glance at this year’s top Edinburgh Fringe gags confirms groan-inducing puns are alive and well. This ad for the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (or, er, fatherhood.gov) celebrates lame dad jokes by letting their intended audience deliver the punchlines. No matter how hard you wince at the material, the cast's laughter is infectious.

Kit Kat
"Katapult"
60s
22 Aug 2017
There's krafty konstruction in this klever ad for Kit Kat... okay, unlike Donald Trump, we'll stop with the Ks now. This funny film features an excellent satire of the endless woes provided by flat pack furniture, as two blokes try to build a medieval weapon via picture-only instructions. Director Trevor Clarence draws out the comedy, including some relatable moments of frustration.

Renault
"Behind Car Doors"
90s
22 Aug 2017
Adam Kaleta has directed this intriguing piece of branded content for Renault, exploring what really happens behind car doors over the course of a year. The families taking part have mixed expectations about what they'll see, from the 'deep conversations' they have behind the wheel to the blissful silence of finally-sleeping children. The conscious fly on the wall style works well for this format.

ClearScore
"Park"
30s
22 Aug 2017
We’re beginning to think Moose will never grasp his owner’s dealings with ClearScore. Still, the pooch has other things on his mind… like his squeaky octopus. The two are joined down the park by Kev and his very French bulldog, Dean. Alas, the latter can’t abide by his cumbersome new collar. Now there’s a good lamp.

KFC
"Southern Legends"
30s
22 Aug 2017
KFC are bringing a selection of up and coming bands from the American south - Alabama, Texas, and Tennessee - to play at their stores around the country to advertise the new 'Southern Legends' burger range. Drum solos may be unfashionable but they get the job done here and make sure our attention is focussed when attention is drawn to the offer.

TotallyMoney
"Clive Tyldesley"
30s
22 Aug 2017
ITV’s Clive Tyldesley draws on his years of broadcasting experience for TotallyMoney.com. The commentator swaps the gantry for this couple’s bedroom, calling Dan’s credit score results as if it were a Champions League final. Footiephobes will be non-plussed, but Tyldesley’s committed performance makes a fun case for the advertised website.

Virgin Media
"Elvis"
30s
22 Aug 2017
It's a pop culture bonanza as Virgin Media celebrate the 'age of promiscuity' in this upbeat ad. Cultural icons from vampires to Marilyn Monroe to the Mad Hatter join the King himself in a little white wedding chapel, all to encourage customers to sign up for their 'no strings' contracts. It's a rather offbeat creative, and the execution maximises its potential for fun.

Nissan X-Trail
"Visiting Mum"
40s
21 Aug 2017
Nissan swap river rapids for ash sledging in this X-Trail commercial. While Mum studies this volcanic landscape (Mordor, perhaps?), her brood spring into action. Despite the impressive location, the car maker advises caution: “This is a fantasy scene. Do not emulate”. Well, that’s our weekend plans snookered then.

Tempur
"Practice"
20s
21 Aug 2017
Serena Williams takes a novel approach to mattress use in this strange ad for Tempur. The footage of her playing tennis atop the advertised mattress is supposed to demonstrate how little it moves while you sleep, but it ends up looking like the most joyless version of bouncing on the bed ever. And we've still no idea what 'this sleep is power' is supposed to mean either.

Currys PC World
"Laptop"
40s
21 Aug 2017
A Currys PC World employee tries (and fails) to test drive the new Lenovo IdeaPad at home. “Please don’t touch it, son” was never going to work, was it? The retailer set a high bar for themselves with 2015’s Jeff Goldblum campaign and while this subtler approach is unlikely to garner as much attention, it might generate more business.

Yeti
"Demolition"
56s
21 Aug 2017
Cult US cooler brand Yeti shows us what it's made of in this no-holds-barred demonstration ad. Fire, crushing, inquisitive beasts and more are no match for this bag's durability - so you should have no problem keeping your drinks chilled if you decide to have a picnic just as the apocalypse begins. The music choice is a little strange, but hey... it's a small gripe. We've just witnessed the might of the Bigfoot of bags, after all.

Chester Zoo
"Ready or Not"
30s
19 Aug 2017
This frenetic Chester Zoo ad suggests the attraction has plenty to keep budding explorers entertained. Whether mum and dad can keep up is another matter. While youngsters run wild, we see the zoo’s residents in live-action and animated form. Another option for parents counting down the days before the schools go back.

Ben & Jerry's
"Harvest"
30s
21 Aug 2017
This charming ad introduces Ben & Jerry's latest 'topped' incarnation. Using pristine stop-motion animation, director Chris Wiegandt shows ingredients growing from a paper tree - the combination of brownie, caramel, and fudge coming together to form the new ice cream. It's an eye-catching way to launch the flavour, sure to grab sugar-lovers' attention.

Microsoft
"Brodie Neill"
30s
18 Aug 2017
This curious ad for the Microsoft Surface laptop sees the intermingling of furniture design and... fencing. Designer Brodie Neill comments on his impressions of the laptop, mainly its speed and aesthetics, while a montage of vaguely-related images illustrates the 'power' and 'surprise' of the tech. Strange stuff, but Mr Neill gets to show off his furniture plenty.

Apple iPhone
"Domination"
15s
18 Aug 2017
Future president Dwayne Johnson returns in this short clip showing off the iPhone's scheduling prowess. Having instructed Siri to remind him to 'dominate relentlessly', he bursts out of his trailer - ready to do just that. The gem here is the glimpse of his background picture, which happens to be an infamous pre-fame snap. Stay humble, Dwayne.

Sky Sports
"Premier League"
40s
20 Aug 2017
With the Premier League well underway, Sky Sports have a, er, flutter on the footie. Red and blue butterflies travel across the football landscape, including a Manchester City fan’s bedroom and Anfield’s Shankly Gates. Meanwhile, Martin Tyler asks: “Will anyone be able to beat the champions Chelsea?” Burnley fans can help with that one.

Sainsbury's
"Pop!"
10s
20 Aug 2017
Sainsbury's focus on the pleasurable pop of opening a bottle of bubbly in this ad for their latest wine deal. We see a montage of people opening their preferred tipple as we're informed that buying more than six bottles of vino will get you 25% off. The pops of colour amongst the black and white work well here, keeping to a summery, pastel palette.

Sky Sports
"Monday Night Football"
42s
21 Aug 2017
Monday Night Football is back, and Sky Sports have given the programme a 2017/18 makeover. These opening titles bring all twenty Premier League teams to life, inspired by their badges, nicknames, and locations. Some insignias offer more to work with than others. Still, there are some pleasing interpretations throughout.

Tee Grizzley
"Teetroit"
2 mins 51s
21 Aug 2017
The 1967 Detroit riot saw the Motor City break down over five days. Fifty years on, the city’s social and economic struggles continue to influence writers, filmmakers, and musicians alike. Now Tee Grizzley’s ‘Teetroit’ coincides with the theatrical release of Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Detroit’.

Acer
"Exmag"
1 min 50s
18 Aug 2017
This online clip features emerging music collective ExMag (Extraordinary Magnitude) gathering found sounds in London and turning them into music using the Acer Spin 7 360-convertible laptop. The clip is one of several across two campaigns that showcase the laptop's versatility, and directors The Queen capture the buzz of creativity it prompts in the band.

Short Films
"This Sucks"
45s
18 Aug 2017
While more and more taboos are broken, some remain shatterproof - like breastfeeding in public. Stink Studios’s Joe Lawton finds this, well, hard to swallow. This powerful film reminds us what we should be disgusted by. Evidently no one taught this lot to chew with their mouth closed.

VW Tiguan
"The New King"
60s
18 Aug 2017
There's a new King in town in this entertaining ad for VW's Tiguan model. An oversized gorilla balloon breaks its moorings and goes on an adventure, drawn inexorably to its own Fay Wray as if by movie magic... Or to her car, as the case may be. There are some lovely moments as the rubbery beast floats through the city, passing windows and almost popping on errant buildings as it goes.

Jordan Brand
"Playground"
2 mins
18 Aug 2017
NBA star Blake Griffin discusses the roots of his career in this stylish American ad for Jordan sneakers. The film evokes the feel of an eternal summer, focusing on the playground as the centre of the social universe and the genesis of the athlete's sporting prowess. Asphalt becomes hallowed ground as Griffin describes the different functions of the space - catwalk, church, comedy club, classroom.

Christie's
"Cherry Hill"
5 mins 19s
11 Aug 2017
There’s nary a gavel in this Christie’s film. Instead, LEZ Creative’s Holly Blakey takes us on a tour of Runnymede's Cherry Hill. The auction house pay tribute to architect Oliver Hill in graceful fashion. Actor Camille Rowe and her nimble companions celebrate form and movement throughout Hill’s modernist dwelling.


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