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Diesel
"Neymar: Spirit of the Brave"
1 min 34s
14 Jun 2019
Amidst rape allegations (which he denies) and on-field uncertainty, Brazilian enfant terrible Neymar has ‘co-created' a new Diesel fragrance called Spirit of the Brave. This accompanying treatise on fear won't convert any of the striker's critics, but the ad's blend of media pyrotechnics and flashy vignettes draws the eye regardless.

Everyman Cinemas
"Music Makes You Feel Film"
1 min 52s
14 Jun 2019
This artfully shot commercial for upmarket cinema chain Everyman is an intriguing three-hander, with up-and-coming artists Celeste, Master Peace, and Obongjayar taking centre stage as the brand defiantly shun the multiplex crowd. Split across scenes of civil unrest, waterside dancing, and a transcendent club night, director Sophie Jones's film shuns narrative coherence in favour of rich visuals and an eclectic soundtrack.

Nike
"Ode to Fran"
48s
14 Jun 2019
June's glut of Women's World Cup advertising continues with this dynamic profile of Chelsea and England striker Fran Kirby. Rapper Little Simz relates Kirby's transformation from a "satellite town dreamer" to "a player's player", skilfully weaving together her subject's traits as Kirby's life plays out in montage form.

Short Films
"America!"
2 mins 10s
13 Jun 2019
Director Lefty's imaginatively-titled short film ‘America!' stands out thanks to a neat central conceit: assembling a voice cast representing all fifty states. As a picturesque montage of rural America unfolds on screen, the cast recite an introspective poem which questions what the nation stands for during this topsy-turvy age.

Amazon Fire
"Villain"
60s
14 Jun 2019
Amazon continue their genre-hopping campaign with another smart satire, this time focused on a Bond-esque villain. The frustrated mastermind takes issue with his remote control, while a henchman is all too happy to point him towards the Fire Stick's voice activated function in the hope of saving his own skin. Sadly, some buttons were just made to be pushed.

Specsavers
"Glaucoma"
30s
13 Jun 2019
Specsavers encourage customers to get their eyes checked for glaucoma before it's too late in this simple yet effective ad. The brand's classic 'Shepherd' ad becomes slowly obscured until only the sound is left, mirroring the deterioration in vision patients can face with the degenerative disease. There are no frills, but then it doesn't need any.

Sportsbet.io
"Defy The Odds"
2 mins 09s
14 Jun 2019
This eye-opening film for Sportsbet.io draws attention to the Conifa European Football Cup, a tournament designed to represent teams from ethnic or cultural minorities and unacknowledged or disputed territories - those left behind by mainstream football and its organisations. 'Defy the Odds' shines a light on Székely Land, a Hungarian indigenous enclave within Romania.

Roche
"The Two Lives of Sara"
3 mins 24s
13 Jun 2019
Finnish pharmaceutical company Roche raise awareness about the early detection and treatment of MS in this affecting film. Shot split-screen style by director Pekka Hara, the film follows the life of Sara - detailing the way two alternate realities split and differ after her diagnosis. Her struggles are delicately drawn, while the stark emotional impact as she faces the camera at the end is incredibly moving.

British Gas
"Two Sides"
3 mins 30s
13 Jun 2019
British Gas mark their long-term association with Carers UK in this affecting film, which explores the impact of being an unpaid carer on fundamental aspects of life. Shot with friends and carers side by side, it doesn't take long for it to become apparent that the happy faces put on for the world often conceal inner turmoil.

Olay
"Whip"
20s
13 Jun 2019
Sarah Close and influencer Callum McGinley aka Callux return for the second instalment of their campaign for Olay. This time the pair explore the advertised brand's 'whip' moisturiser vlog-style, with Close managing to apply it like a functioning human while McGinley slaps himself in the face like a particularly frustrated baboon.

Tesco
"Chilled Juice"
30s
13 Jun 2019
Tesco's Food Love Stories campaign has recently shifted from character-focused ads to fetishised shots of various groceries, with comedian Sarah Millican on commentary duty. This latest outing sees the brand in full flow, so to speak, as they showcase their range of fruit juices. Director Charlie Stebbings does his fruity cast justice as the brand show off their liquid assests.

Jack & Jones
"No Dress Code?"
87s
13 Jun 2019
This droll Jack & Jones commercial hinges on the rather silly proposition that Danish dynamite Mads Mikkelsen could ever be underdressed for an occasion. Nevertheless, a friend (played by Chinese actor Deng Lun) attempts to trick him into not complying with the dress code for a swanky party - markedly underestimating the actor's ability to accessorise.

Twitter
"Jill Scott"
60s
13 Jun 2019
England player Jill Scott explores the change in visibility women's football has undergone in the last decade - crediting part of this increased attention to the advertised social network. While Twitter has too many issues to list here, its ability to help niche interests find an audience remains one of its more positive qualities.

Oppo
"Shot Maker"
60s
13 Jun 2019
With the Cricket World Cup well under way, Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oppo pay tribute to the next generation of cricketers in this 60" film. Despite a clunky script ("To step up to the crease on this stage we call life"), the ad boasts a diverse and energetic cast that shows the hallowed sport is in safe hands.

Batchelors Super Noodles
"Donkey"
20s
11 Jun 2019
A laughing donkey perched on the shoulders of an elderly Mexican woman? Sure, why not? At least Batchelors are confident this approach will boost Super Noodles sales, with the cross-species duo joined by an exuberant voice announcer for good measure. May just work as a left-field donkey sanctuary ad, too.

Madonna
"Dark Ballet"
6 mins 26s
13 Jun 2019
Music fans and concerned onlookers have pondered how Madonna would bounce back after her iffy performance at this year's Eurovision Song Contest. Answer: a six-and-a-half-minute promo inspired by the life and death of Joan of Arc and festooned with charged religious imagery. Yep, that'll do the trick.

Nike
"Andressa Alves"
60s
12 Jun 2019
As the Women's World Cup brings female players an unprecedented moment in the spotlight, it's the perfect time for Nike to release this compelling ode to following passion against the odds. When a young Andressa Alves is given dolls to play with, she repurposes them for her own use - not matter what anyone around her thinks.

Budweiser
"Heart of a King"
60s
11 Jun 2019
This lofty offering from Budweiser puts the English Lionesses in regal company, as Queen Elizabeth the First's famous Tilbury speech sets out their Women's World Cup intentions with confidence. A multidisciplinary cast - including actor Naomie Harris, author Zawe Ashton, and former England international Rachel Yankey - are dramatically lit as they recite the speech.

Cancer Research
"Surinderpal Then and Now"
30s
11 Jun 2019
Cancer Research continue to catch up with lives of patients who've had their time extended thanks to the charity's efforts. This instalment focuses on Surinderpal, who, thanks to donations and specialist treatment, has gone from cancer treatment to feeding llamas with his grandson. It's hard not to be moved by he and his wife's cautious delight when he gets the all-clear.

Dave
"Moving Day"
60s
12 Jun 2019
Comedy channel Dave is moving house this month... although not terribly far. Ever the stickler for getting things just so, Jon Richardson oversees moving day as relics from the likes of Taskmaster, Sliced, and Porters are packed away neatly for transport - even presenters are preserved carefully for the trip to channel number 19.

Fuze Tea
"Take It Slow"
30s
11 Jun 2019
There's some impressive slow-motion work in this otherwise rote ad for Fuze Tea. The brand encourage us to take things slow when life gets hectic, enjoying their blend of green tea and fruit flavours for a refreshing break from the hubbub. The other notable feature here is the actor's decision to drink from his bottle with a double-handed manoeuvre a la Donald Trump.

Philadelphia
"Baggage Claim"
20s
11 Jun 2019
Philadelphia attempt to wring extra life from the 'useless dad' trope in this underwhelming commercial. A pair of hapless dads are so distracted by food on a conveyor belt that they forget their sprogs exist entirely, only grabbing their poor offspring from the jaws of doom when the cream cheese haze has cleared. Don't tell mum, indeed.

Philips
"Sensitive Guy"
40s
11 Jun 2019
Another literal screamer from Philips continues the brand's foray into the shouting choir genre. Here, Mieskuoro Huutajat provide advice as well as backing vocals to a man who's ready to ditch the beard. Despite the cast's aggressive tones, the lyrics reveal they're actually just delicate souls who crave a good shave.

McDonald's
"Good to Be Home"
30s
11 Jun 2019
Soul II Soul's ‘Back To Life' provides the apt soundtrack to this 30" portrayal of the post-holiday comedown. Set to the track's chilled refrain of "Back to life/back to reality", the ad sees a pair of travellers endure baggage reclaim and sodden car parks before the familiar McDonald's golden arches provide calorific relief.

AIB
"The Power of Doing"
60s
12 Jun 2019
Everyone wishes they could jet off to an exotic location at a moment's notice. Now spare a thought for the humble suitcase cast under the bed, on top of a wardrobe, or left to stew inside a cupboard. That's the launching pad for this whimsical commercial for Allied Irish Banks (AIB), which sees a red suitcase leave its sleeping owners behind in search of adventure.

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