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FIVE FAVOURITE... WEIRD ADS

The world is a very strange place right now... for reasons which don't need to be explored at this juncture.

So let's take a look at some of our favourite weird, bizarre, and truly off the wall ads from 2017. From the funny to the deeply unsettling, these strange films take a unique approach to their subject matter which makes them stand out from the crowd.


1. MailChimp - KaleLimp




We can imagine vegans will be deeply conflicted by this bizarre ad for email marketing company MailChimp. Now we know where kale really comes from.

These upmarket diners order something called “KaleLimp”. We’re then transported to a swimming pool with some rather unusual patrons: dogs made of kale. Well, we are always told to wash vegetables before consumption.


2. Financial Conduct Authority - Do It Now!




This film from M&C Saatchi had us scratching our heads a bit... but not in a fashion which means it is unsuccessful because puzzlement is - we suspect - part of their devious plan.

A crude animatronic of Arnold Schwarzenegger's head is deployed to remind the audience that there's an expiry date on PPI claims and that we need to act soon if we're not to miss out.


3. Skittles - Mother and Son




Fans of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia will never look at Mrs McDonald the same way again after watching this freakish Skittles ad. Mum and her distinctive-looking son like nothing more than eating multi-coloured sweets together. Nothing wrong with that, eh?

The brand enjoy pushing viewers’ buttons, but this is on another level. It’s enough to make Norman Bates shudder.


4. Gonzo - Saves From Hunger




This curious Ukranian ad proves that cats are universally dicks, no matter how big they are. When danger strikes, a hooded hero parkours his way across town to save an innocent civilian from... hunger, as it turns out.

Once he's fed the bloke some crisps, the feline warrior saunters off to let the guy fend for himself against a pair of thugs. Bizarre, but extremely watchable.


5. Halo Top - Robots




We round off with this genuinely unnerving ad for diet ice cream brand Halo Top.

An elderly woman is force-fed ice cream by a calm but malevolent robot. The situation becomes increasingly fraught as she pushes back against the clinical insistence of her automaton carers and its comedy is very dark indeed.

Watching it for the first time and unsure where it was going, DAVID felt sure of only one thing: it absolutely could not be a commercial for ice cream. Maybe a trail for a new series of 'Black Mirror' but absolutely not an ad for ice cream. But we were wrong.

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PULSE STRIKE IT LUCKY WITH LUCKYME.

Pulse Films have added directing duo LuckyMe to their promo roster.


HOMESPUN YARNS VOL. 4

London’s Ministry of Sound will host Homespun Yarns for the second year running.


CADENCE FILMS SIGN CLEMENS PURNER.

Clemens Purner has joined Cadence Films for commercial representation.


2AM FILMS STRIKE A DEAL WITH COTERIE.

2AM Films have partnered with newly formed production consultants Coterie.


SIMON FRENCH JOINS ELECTRIC THEATRE COLLECTIVE.

Simon French has joined Electric Theatre Collective as their new Joint Head of CG.


SHOW YANAGISAWA JOINS BLINK

Blink have signed Tokyo based director and artist Show Yanagisawa to their roster.


THE FULL SERVICE PRESS PLAY.

Educational charity Restore The Music UK team up with Rankin's The Full Service to fund music in schools.


TWO NEW SIGNINGS AT JELLY LONDON.

Jelly London have added global animation studio Nice Shit and directing duo Everyone’s Favourite to their roster.


BURNING REEL PROMOTE MIKE HEATH TO EP.

Burning Reel have promoted producer Mike Heath to Executive Producer.


JONNIE MALACHI ARRIVES AT RUMBLE.

Director and comedy writer Jonnie Malachi has joined Rumble for UK representation.


PARK VILLAGE SIGN FLEABAG DIRECTOR HARRY BRADBEER

Park Village have added hugely experienced TV director Harry Bradbeer to their roster.


BENJAMIN CARON JOINS MOXIE PICTURES.

Accomplished television director Benjamin Caron has joined Moxie Pictures for representation.


MINDCASTLE MEETS MINDSEYE.

Commercial directing duo Mindcastle have joined MindsEye for UK representation.


FRANCESCO CALABRESE FOR CADENCE FILMS

US-based Italian director Francesco Calabrese will be plying his trade with Cadence Films for the foreseeable future.


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FIVE FAVOURITE... WEIRD ADS

Five of our favourite weird, strange, and truly bizarre ads from 2017.


THREE OF THE BEST FOR BLINKINK.

Blinkink have added three directors to their burgeoning roster: Rune Spaans, Michael Marczewski, and Alex Grigg.


DOMINIC O’RIORDAN JOINS FAMILIA

Familia are delighted to add award-winning director Dominic O’Riordan to their roster.


BANG TV SIGN US DIRECTOR RUDI SCHWAB

Bang TV are extremely excited to have added Rudi Schwab to their roster and it's not just because he's "not a car guy".


MARK PELLINGTON IS READY TO RUMBLE.

American filmmaker Mark Pellington has joined Rumble Films for UK representation.


THE DE BLINKKS HEAD TO COLONEL BLIMP

Colonel Blimp have signed award winning photographic and filmmaking collective the De Blinkks to their roster.


NEXUS STUDIOS SIGN CHROMOSPHERE

Nexus have signed US-based design and animation studio Chromosphere to their roster.


JAMES LEES JOINS OUTSIDER

Director James Lees has joined Outsider Films.


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