David Reviews

 "You're not an artist, Peggy. You solve problems." Don Draper.

Latest Work
    • Forever nab Fons Schiedon.Multidisciplinary artist Fons Schiedon has joined Forever’s bespoke roster for UK representation.
    • Game changer.This epic commercial for Facebook's Oculus is a game changer.
    • Dog Eat Dog sign Iain MorrisDog Eat Dog have signed acclaimed comedy writer and director Iain Morris to their roster.
    • Knickerbocker glory.Two-time NBA champions the Knicks celebrate New York's unquenchable character in stark black and white
    • Studio Desk arrive at Jelly London.Jelly London have bolstered their animation wing by signing Emily Downe and Kathrin Steinbacher, a.k.a. Studio Desk.
    • Home truths.This stirring piece of work offers a valuable insight into growing up Black in modern Britain.
    • Helena Coan joins OB's independent RosterOB Management have signed director, writer, and musician Helena Coan to their roster for independent representation.
    • Round eight for Papaya Young Directors.We take our good news stories where we can get them right now, and word of Papaya's eighth Young Directors competition certainly fits that bill.
    • The right direction.This delicately animated series for the CTCP takes a positive approach to attempts to quit smoking.
    • Step on my Day-Glo boots.This hyper-caffeinated Puma commercial riffs on Neymar's reputation as the ultimate wind-up merchant.
    • Scott Carthy joins SpindleLondon-based director and filmmaker Scott Carthy has joined Spindle's roster for representation in the UK.
    • Leading RoleThis intriguing film from Gillian Zinser interrogates traditional masculinity, focused on Cuban ballet dancer Andy Sousa and his story.
    • Vincenzo Lodigiani lands at Curate Films.Curate Films have completed the signing of Italian director Vincenzo Lodigiani to their growing animation roster.
    • Nil desperandum.You would think that failure would be frowned upon by the British Army, but this 30” recruitment film actively encourages it.
    • Matt Carter signs for Kode.Highly regarded director Matt Carter has joined Kode for commercial representation.
    • Mutt ado about nothing.This entertaining ad for Waggel puts a cinematic spin on animal-led horror.
    • Choc value.This Cadbury Creme Egg ad is the latest commercial to have its YouTube comments disabled to stop online abuse.
    • Retrofuturistic banking.Few are likely to be missing the in-branch bank experience, but the bank of Antandec is happy to oblige those who are.


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10 January 2021

Pet owners trapped at home with their furry companions during yet another lockdown may feel like they've slipped into a particularly invasive horror film, but this entertaining ad for Waggel puts a cinematic spin on things. The chilling tale follows the exploits of an innocent pooch, whose attempts to shower are interrupted by a feline interloper.

Creative duo Joel Anderson and Mark Dymond draw inspiration from thriller classics 'The Shining' and 'Psycho' to set the commercial's tone, right down to the bathroom design and rapid cuts between bather and clawed assailant. It's lovely work which should please both movie buffs and pet enthusiasts in the audience, all while making a compelling case for insurance against such domestic mishaps.

Cadbury Crème Eggs
"Golden Goobilee!"
10 January 2021

This Cadbury Creme Egg ad is the latest commercial to have its YouTube comments disabled to stop online abuse. The catalyst is a gay couple sharing a kiss with the advertised product, which is too much for some viewers to, ahem, swallow. It feels like McCain and Hallmark Channel all over again.

It’s also a less than encouraging start to 2021. We live in a world blighted by Covid-19, Donald Trump, et cetera, and this is what people are upset about? DAVID has picked the wrong year to do Dry January.

The ad itself brims with personality, and makes good use of its diverse, sweet-toothed cast. A woman with a prosthetic arm is a particular highlight, as she demonstrates what a hardcore 'dipper' is all about.

"Virtual Bank"
11 January 2021

Few are likely to be missing the in-branch bank experience during lockdown, but the ever-affable bank of Antandec is happy to cater to those few weirdos who crave such a thing. Rather than risk anyone's health, the entrepreneurial pair turn to VR technology in order to create a face-to-face atmosphere that meets social distancing guidelines.

The result is a lovely 16-bit rendering of a bank branch, harkening back to console classics with its pixelated animation and virtual hobnobs waiting to be grabbed like Mario's gold coins. The cheeky spokesmen once again prove good value too, as self-deprecating character designs and slapstick performances bring a lighthearted sense of humour to proceedings. Unlikely to comfort any still waiting on a PS5, but fun nonetheless.

"Whatever It Takes"
2 mins 20s
9 January 2021

For nearly a year now, our collective focus has shifted away from cancer as the medical sum of all fears. But it's still out there, creating misery wherever it can. Indeed, as the NHS's resources are stretched to breaking point, cancer has taken the opportunity to wreak even more havoc than usual.

This makes it both incredibly important and incredibly challenging to draw our attention back towards it, and towards the charities which exist to help to combat it. But you could hardly hope to see anything more impactful than this extraordinary film for Macmillan. It takes your breath away with its spellbinding honesty – and, given its frankness about the reality of being stricken with cancer, it has no right to be as uplifting as it is. Everyone involved deserves the maximum credit for combining their talents and commitment to create a film which does not pull any punches in its depiction of cancer's seriousness. Each vignette is loaded with emotional punch – even a moment of levity at 00:57 when a medic unexpectedly dances to amuse a patient is counter-weighted by how gravely ill the man looks.

Director Jonathan Alric builds the piece towards an extraordinary climax – if you've held back your tears for the first two minutes, then surely they'll come as a Macmillan nurse rises to her feet with impeccable timing to comfort a young woman visiting one of her patients. And yet, for a moment with such gut-wrenching power, it is remarkably restrained.

AMV's decision to ask a director with so little experience in the TVC realm to take charge of this project was remarkably bold, and it is gratifying to see this creative courage being so richly rewarded. How ever amazing Ben Polkinghorne and Scott Kelly's script may have been, there is no question that Alric has maximised its emotionality to the fullest extent possible. Bravo, everyone.

OB Management welcome Ian Derry.

Photographer-turned-director Ian Derry has joined OB Management’s raft of freelance talent. Derry brings an accomplished reel to his new home, making him a shrewd addition to Otis Bell’s outfit.

OB headquarters say: "Having been a huge fan of Ian’s work for some years now, we’re excited to welcome him to our independent roster for commercials, content, and music videos and to continue to build on his already impressive body of work."



Recent Promos
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"Throw Me A Line"
6 mins 19s
12 Jan 2021
The wonderfully-named Bram F J van Alphen directs this emotional promo for Dutch group HAEVN. As a woman becomes increasingly tempted by a fellow musician, her family life suffers in turn. Before long, home becomes constricting and fleeting displays of affection are replaced by despairing arguments.

Lana Del Rey
"Chemtrails Over the Country Club"
5 mins 40s
13 Jan 2021
Lana Del Rey's perfectly polished portrait of Americana feels strange to watch in the current climate - like looking through a hazy portal at an old film that never was. Yet that cognitive disconnect works perfectly for the singer's tarnished-gleam aesthetic, particularly in this promo for 'Chemtrails Over the Country Club'.

"Mazza (feat. A$AP Rocky)"
3 mins
8 Jan 2021
This surreal promo for slowthai and A$AP Rocky's latest collaboration 'Mazza' is part fairy tale, part acid trip. The film sees each artist experience a freak-out in their respective hotel rooms, as whatever trip they're on rapidly turns sour. The film sees each artist experience a freak-out in their respective hotel rooms, as whatever trip they're on rapidly turns sour. Weird and wildly watchable, this is bound to resonate with those reaching the outer limits of lockdown boredom.

Joel Corry
"Head & Heart (feat. MNEK)"
2 mins 48s
17 Dec 2020
If 2020 has taught us nothing else, it's that our attitude and personal positivity can make all the difference in how a day plays out. This entertaining promo for Joel Corry and MNEK's 'Head & Heart' takes that concept and runs with it, contrasting two versions of a bloke's day in which he wakes up on the wrong - or right - side of the bed.

Cameron Barnes & Blythe Duff
"Fairytale of New York (ft. Red Hot Chilli Pipers)"
5 mins
17 Dec 2020
A new spin on the Pogues' 'Fairytale of New York' has arrived courtesy of Cameron Barnes and Blythe Duff, who give the 1988 classic a distinctly Scottish lilt. Compatriot Michael J Ferns directs the accompanying video, which trades the original's black-and-white police station for more homely surroundings.

Michael Kiwanuka
"Interlude (Loving the People)"
3 mins 06s
14 Dec 2020
Album interludes seldom receive the promo treatment, but no one told director Phillip Youmans. The American describes Michael Kiwanuka’s ‘Interlude (Loving the People)’ as “like sunshine on my skin”, and delivers an appropriately humid promo set in Southern California. A worthy complement to one's daily vitamin D pill.

George Michael
"Freedom! '90"
6 mins 34s
10 Dec 2020
Thirty years after the release of George Michael’s 'Freedom! '90', director Harry George Hall pays tribute with this spirited promo. As Michael's gutsy anthem rings out, a well-chosen cast let inhibitions melt away in an empty studio. Meanwhile, a stream of multicoloured supers provide some on-the-nose motivation for good measure.

Boys World
2 mins 58s
9 Dec 2020
Newly minted pop group Boys World announce themselves with this ebullient promo for 'Girlfriends'. Shot by director Symone Ridgell, the clip sees Elana Caceres, Olivia Ruby, Queenie Mae, Lillian Kay, and Makhyli Simpson run their own relationship helpline that puts feckless boyfriends well and truly on notice.

Maxïmo Park
"I Don't Know What I'm Doing"
3 mins 04s
10 Dec 2020
The only way is up in this Maximo Park promo, as frontman Paul Smith climbs the world’s tallest ladder despite some misgivings. The novelty wears off after a few rungs, but Smith’s impassioned delivery and yellow beanie keep viewers engaged. It's also a treat for indie music fans who wish it was 2005 all over again.

Tom Petty
"Something Could Happen"
6 mins 14s
9 Dec 2020
Alice in Wonderland meets Tinder in this entertaining promo for Tom Petty's 'Something Could Happen'. The magic is woven with forensic attention to detail by director Warren Fu, as a woman (played by Lauren Cohan) tries to forget a broken heart via decluttering and dating adventures. It's a humorously inventive twist on modern fairy tale, with memories of the past coalescing to create something new.

"Me & You (feat. Kelsey)"
3 mins 37s
7 Dec 2020
Up-and-coming director Lu presents a kung-fu flick with a choreographed twist in this intriguing promo for Majestic's latest track. 'Me & You' sees a mysterious woman tackle a group of gangsters via dance rather than violence, finally facing off against her own doppelganger to take on the big boss. It's a funky, visually fresh take on familiar tropes, and eminently watchable for it.

The Lathums
"I See Your Ghost"
2 mins 33s
8 Dec 2020
Mancunian four-piece The Lathums take an, er, appropriately haunting approach to this promo for latest single 'I See Your Ghost'. The film combines charmingly cheesy VFX with game performances from the group, including a spectral skateboarding sesh and a silly seance. Coupled with Travis' 'A Ghost' video, it's a good year for sheets-over-head action.

Declan J Donovan
"Perfectly Imperfect"
3 mins 48s
7 Dec 2020
Dan French directs this candid promo for Essex-born singer and songwriter Declan J Donovan, who delivers an earnest, lighter-waving ballad about self-image. The visuals and subject matter evoke Christina Aguilera’s 'Beautiful', though Instagram/Facetune-style visual effects ensure a contemporary feel.

"IC3 (ft. Skepta)"
3 mins 51s
3 Dec 2020
There's an impressively ominous vibe to this promo for grime MC Ghetts' latest track 'IC3' (featuring fellow Londoner and rapper Skepta). Sketchy animated bursts layer over the live action, elevating what could be straightforward performance into something like a Basquiat illustration via demonic possession. Disconcerting and intriguing in equal measure.

Young T & Bugsey
"New Shape"
5 mins 38s
2 Dec 2020
Rappers Young T & Bugsey have come a long way since joining a Nottingham youth project launched by Prince Harry. This retro-tinged promo sees the duo run their own car dealership to boot, with "big whips, new whips, and old whips" available. Judging by the likeable end credits, it's tough keeping a straight face in this business.

Texas & Wu-Tang Clan
4 mins 52s
3 Dec 2020
Back in 1998, an unlikely collaboration between Texas and Wu-Tang Clan reached number four in the charts. Over twenty years later, one 'TXWU' obsessive (played by Kadeem Ramsay) is desperate for an encore. This niche corner of music appreciation is plastered in gig posters, magazine covers, and album artwork, with the protagonist even sporting a Sharleen Spiteri necklace.

Eight Rounds Rapid
3 mins 55s
1 Dec 2020
Eight Rounds Rapid offer up an, er, rapid-fire critique of social media culture in this promo for latest track 'Onesie'. Starring Avengers actor Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, the film sees a bloke wearing the titular item of clothing flung from a car and abandoned. What follows is a whistle-stop journey through a night out from hell - puke, piss, and uncaring camera lenses galore.

"Paradise (Director's Cut)"
2 mins 55s
1 Dec 2020
Meduza's 'Paradise' is a stock piece of EDM that will doubtless feature on every pool bar playlist in 2021. While the track risks a call from both the Proclaimers and Vanessa Carlton’s lawyers ("Oh, my, my, my/There's a thousand miles between you and I"), the halcyon promo depicts teenage love and heartbreak in the picturesque Italian countryside.

Lil Nas X
2 mins 47s
1 Dec 2020
Cowboy-rap smash-hit 'Old Town Road' may feel like a hundred years ago now (in fact, it was released in May of 2019... we were shocked too), but Lil Nas X is determined to keep the party going with Christmas single 'Holiday'. Camp, cool, and unsurprisingly catchy, it's just what we need to limp over the finish line of 2020.

Califato ¾
"Fandangô de Carmen Porter"
5 mins 22s
27 Nov 2020
Religion, grief, and madness come together in this striking promo for Califato 3/4's 'Fandangô de Carmen Porter'. The film's heightened drama and stylised visuals suit the narrative perfectly, as a father is so distraught at the death of his daughter that he begins to hallucinate her as an apparition of the Virgin Mary. Uncanny and unsettling in equal measure, it's also a gorgeous piece of storytelling from director Nono Ayuso.

"A Little Love"
3 mins 02s
25 Nov 2020
'A Little Love' already gained traction as the soundtrack to John Lewis's 2020 Christmas outing, and soul artist Celeste offers an equally festive take in this promo. The singer brings a child's music box and toys to life, embracing the whimsical magic of the festive season from a youthful perspective. Charming, playful work from directing duo Silent Tapes.

Hope Tala
3 mins
25 Nov 2020
Singer-songwriter Hope Tala belies the grim weather with a salsa-tinged track and an equally succulent promo (the song is called 'Cherries', after all). Rapper Aminé's contributions are, erm, saucy to say the least ("Is it your pussy or dinner? Both seems like the same to us"), but they don’t stain director Anna Fearon’s refined aesthetic.

Pale Waves
2 mins 52s
24 Nov 2020
Influenced by such grunge classics as Nirvana's 'Heart-Shaped Box' and Hole's 'Celebrity Skin', retro-minded viewers will find their interest piqued by this Pale Waves promo. The Manchester group embrace bold styling and a spangly sound, while director Johnny Goddard uses quirky camera angles and some well-timed rain to nail the 90s alternative vibe.

Mae Muller
2 mins 52s
20 Nov 2020
Earlier this year, pop star Mae Muller declared her financial independence with 'I Don’t Want Your Money'. New single 'Dependent' explores a similar theme, with Muller caught between the excitement of a new relationship and the loss of her freedom ("I'm feelin' kinda scared bеcause I never had it bеtter").

Zebra Katz
3 mins 24s
23 Nov 2020
Zebra Katz has been hailed as a crossover hit-in-waiting ever since 2012's 'Ima Read' melded the low-fi rap scene and drag ball culture into something new and exciting. Now it seems the opportune moment for Katz to hit the mainstream has finally arrived, heralded by this sleek promo for 'Moor'.

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