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CraftWorks Showcase.
26th June 2019.
19.00 to 21.00.
(Doors open: 18.30)

The next event of CraftWorks Season III takes place at MPC - 127 Wardour St, Soho, London W1F 0NL - on Wednesday, 26th June between 7.00 pm and 9.00 pm. (Doors open at 6.30 pm.)

Tickets are £25.00 (plus VAT) each.

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The event will be compered by David Reviews editor Jason Stone:

Karel van Bellingen
Director Karel van Bellingen will showcase his excellent drama 'From This Day Forward' and take part in a Q&A afterwards.

slowthai - Inglorious ft. Skepta
Rankin gave this promo his seal of approval at Thunderdance. Directorial colective Crown & Owls wil be on hand to talk about it.

Birds Without Homeland
After a screening of Irene Marco's moving film about refugees, she's be there to answer questions.

Sissy Fatigue
Olivia Norris will be on hand to talk about the exceptional promo show co-directed.

Straight 8 Industry Shootout
Iris have a taste for Straight 8, and for the second year running they've managed to get themselves a prize at the Industry Shootout in Cannes. After their film is shown, we'll be chatting with Grant Hunter and Matt Pickles about their latest triumph.


The venue: MPC, 127 Wardour Street, London W1F 0NL.

Date: Wednesday 26th June.
Time: 19.00 to 21.00. (Doors open at 18.30.)




         

         


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Sony Ericsson
"Tennis"
60s
1 Aug 2006
DAVID has to hide in the corner when this ad comes on such is the scary depiction of a rooftop tennis game in which the participants seem to come dangerously close to going over the edge. the whole thing is witnessed by a man who captures images using his mobile phone.

The Albert Kennedy Trust
"What Might Have Been"
60s
1 Aug 2011
Various gay luminaries have lent their celebrity to raise awareness of the difficulties faced by those whose relationship with the world has been adversely affected by their sexuality. It's a neat conceit and the concentration is focused by trying to identify the participants.

AIU
"Cheerleading"
90s
1 Aug 2013
One of two very amusing films for an American online university, this particular execution focuses on the low entry standards often required by its competitors. Playing on the fact many students get a place thanks to their sports skills, this features a hilarious "math tryout" with an earnest young man chanting: "Types of triangles, there are six / Now let's show them with our kicks." A joy.

KFC
"Brothers"
60s
1 Aug 2015
This new spot for KFC could easily have been schmaltzy - but in the capable hands of Pulse Films's Michael Pearce it's sweet and lovely. Designed to highlight the brand's new Mediterranean range, it focuses on the relationship between two brothers - Arturo and his older sibling, whom he idolises. Will things change when the brother gets a girlfriend? Watch and see.

Currys PC World
"Dog"
30s
1 Aug 2015
Oh dear - poor Benji the pug. While mum's out, dad is plotting to get a new pc and has decided the dog is just what he needs for success. Concocting a liquid that can pass for pee, he spills a glass liberally over the keyboard of the family laptop and puts Benji on the table beside it. Cue the return of his other half, who is horrified at what she assumes is the mutt's incontinence.

Lucozade
"Flow"
60s
1 Aug 2015
Grey London demonstrates again that they're an agency bristling with confidence by broadcasting a sensational piece of work for Lucozade. The film is built on the conceit that the advertised drink gives people what it takes to keep going no matter what the circumstances. But, cleverly, they've moved this notion away from the sporting arena and into everyday life.

Channel 4
"Leicester Announcers"
60s
1 Aug 2016
While the lot of LGBT people, disabled people, non-white people and women has - to a greater or lesser extent - improved since Channel 4's foundation in 1982, recent events have illustrated the underlying fragility of this progress. So what better time to celebrate the diversity found in multi-cultural Leicester?

United Airlines
"Airsport"
60s
1 Aug 2016
United Airlines promote their long-standing partnership with Team USA ahead of Rio 2016 thanks to this fast and fun commercial which turns an airport terminal into an unlikely sporting arena. As the team decides to get some last minute practice in before take-off, the airport fixtures prove to be ideal training aids. Thus, queue barriers become hurdles, travelators become makeshift rowing machines, and the cabin offers plenty of legroom for the sprint section.

RAF
"Get Far Fast"
60s
1 Aug 2016
Having worked wonders for the Royal Navy in recent times, WCRS look to the skies as the Royal Air Force aim to persuade capable youngsters that a vocation with a difference awaits. This pacy launch film follows nineteen-year-old Ellie as she transforms her prospects from the ground up. It's a formidable working environment, but a skyward glance is enough to remind her and her colleagues what the effort is all about

IKEA
"The Food Picture"
90s
1 Aug 2016
You've just finished preparing a beautiful meal for your family, and everyone is sat around the table eagerly anticipating the culinary delights in front of them when someone pulls out their mobile phone and insists on photographing a plate for posterity. That's the annoying modern phenomenon at the heart of this super new film made by ACNE for IKEA.

Macmillan
"Not Alone"
60s
1 Aug 2016
This is the second ad in the new Macmillan campaign, and it's an even stronger, more assured execution than the first. We follow the journey of a man stumbling through the dark days of his diagnosis and treatment for cancer - and at the points when it appears he doesn't have the strength to take another step, others are there urging him on.

Shredded Wheat
"High Board"
30s
1 Aug 2016
Sun-kissed visuals and a hint of surrealism help make this a memorable piece of work for Shredded Wheat. This chap is the living embodiment of falling with style as he plummets from the swimming pool high board while on holiday. But - as Henry Blofeld's reverent VO points out - this is no mere dive... it's a man without fear, and he's ready to embrace the "great, chlorinated unknown".

Honda
"Karaoke"
30s
1 Aug 2017
Ever wondered what a Honda karaoke video would look like? Well, this 30" commercial is a good approximation. Someone on the team is a ‘Wizard of Oz' fan - thus, Judy Garland's ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow' plays over this desert roadshow. Nimble visuals evoke Chris Palmer's ‘Endless Road' ad.

Smart
"Don't Be a Monster"
42s
1 Aug 2017
Smart were an early advocate of cleaner energy. Their cars - when the electricity is supplied by renewable energy - have a tiny carbon footprint and they represent the future of motoring. Despite the resistance of America's 'Dead Cat Bounce' president, the world's view of oil is changing.

Timberland
"Dance"
2 mins
1 Aug 2017
When the performers are as talented as the dancers in this captivating commercial for Timberland, the director can achieve a lot by allowing the action to speak for itself and that's exactly what White Label's Andy Margetson has done. By itself, it's a pretty piece of film and we might find ourselves praising this regardless of what it was for, but it's all the better because it cleverly shifts our perception of the advertised product.

Trainline
"Fly Around Europe By Train"
60s
1 Aug 2018
Actress Laura Haddock recites Robert Louis Stevenson's ‘From a Railway Carriage' in this appealing outing for the Trainline's European off-shoot. As the population jets off on their summer hols, the advertised website favour a more grounded approach. As Haddock delivers Stevenson's ode to a window view, director Tom Welsh triggers a lovely sequence whereby painted stations do indeed whistle by.

Tena For Men
"Odyssey"
60s
1 Aug 2018
Stirling Gravitas takes us on an old-school trip around the world trip in this epic ad for Tena Men. The brand continue their charisma-fuelled campaign (in comparison to Tena Lady's attempts to make 'lady pants' sexy) with Stirling's globetrotting quest to remain in control. His goal? Transcendent absorbency.

BMW 1 Series
"Parking Sensors"
20s
1 Aug 2005
As a man reverses towards his sofa in his living room we hear the beep beep sound of the BMW 1 Series's parking sensors. DAVID is impressed with the technology but wonders how hopeless people become at parking when they are dependent on the technology.

Philadelphia
"What's In It?"
10s
1 Aug 2005
The spirit of the daft Philadelphia girls meets the newer campaign in this amusing short for the soft cheese in which one of the angels tells her friend that she has prepared grilled asparagus and Parma ham with a lemon and Philly sauce only for the other to ask: "what's in it?"

118-888
"Fran Cosgrave"
30s
1 Aug 2005
Irish chancer Fran Cosgrave fresh from winning Celebrity Love Island becomes the face for 118-888 who will enter you into the National Lottery each time you request a number. We will avoid the obvious gag that you enter two lotteries when you request a number... Oops.

Oxfam
"RSB Scheme"
30s
1 Aug 2005
Another charity benefits from the scheme supported by the Royal Bank of Scotland which enables people to make a charitable donation and know that their employer will more than match it. Once again Sam West's voice backs some pretty images of the person going about their life.

Orangina
"Shake"
30s
1 Aug 2005
A clever piece of subtle positioning here as Orangina reminds us that there is an alternative to the ubiquitous Coca Cola et al in the form of the cute little bottle that needs a shake to liven it up before drinking. One of those rickety continental vans is driven by a man determined to give the drink a good shake.

Orange
"Wrinkly Ninja"
30s
1 Aug 2005
The Orange gang are back with another piece of hilarity. You have to admire the sheer violence with which the bogus oriental wiseman is dumped into the sea and the reverent way Orange's head honcho assumes he was "disappeared". It's all aboard a luxury yacht incidentally.

Persil
"White Sheets"
30s
1 Aug 2005
The two lads in this ad appear to be getting ready to lynch a third as they tie two of Mum's sheets in a tree but in fact they are making a hammock. The idea that Mum would laugh off their antics because of her confidence in Persil is, in itself, laughable.

Halifax
"Mr Brown"
30s
1 Aug 2005
Howard's back once more with another mutilated version of soul classic My First, My Last, My Everything. The ad makers better hope the Walrus of Love Barry White wasn't buried near the sea as they may be responsible for tsunami if the great man starts rolling in his grave.

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