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    • SixtyFour Music are Yorgos Lanthimos's favourite.SixtyFour music's Nick Payne has been watching this year's movie awards with more interest than usual as The Favourite - which his company worked on - has become the favourite to pick up the major gongs.
    • Andy Humphreys adds bite to BarkIt's been a little while since Andy Humphreys added his clout to Bark Soho, so we popped by to see him and Simon Elms so find out how it's working out.
    • Hope for the FutureThe animation style matches the story in this pixelated, retro-futuristic tale.
    • Sync or SwimAudi take synchronicity to a new level in this elegant commercial.
    • The future is ours.Converse tap some of London's up-and-coming female talents for this 60" ad.
    • Olly Williams arrives at Vision.Production designer-stroke-director Olly Williams has joined Vision's design roster for representation.
    • Bruce St Clair joins Rattling StickRattling Stick have signed director Bruce St Clair to their roster for UK representation.
    • Pints of future past.Guinness promise to remove pub crowds from the equation with their latest competition prize: free reign in an Irish boozer.
    • A sideways look at life.O2 explore the ups and downs of life quite literally in this skilfully constructed ad.
    • Goat got your tongue?Over a decade since a Peruvian goat broke the internet, McVitie's unleash their own bleating beast on an unsuspecting public in this off-kilter ad.
    • Isolation nation.The potential consequences of the over-use of antibiotics are thrown into into stark relief in this dystopian film.
    • One shot at glory.Hula Hoops riff on eccentric trick shots in this fun commercial, which introduces the brand's new Flavarings variant.
    • Fight Me Like a HamIrish meat purveyors Brady Family do what their countrymen do best in times of strife - have a laugh about it.
    • Hostile Work EnvironmentThis collaboration between MyGreenPod and Octopus energy shows what can happen if creative conflicts aren't solved before a shoot begins.

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SixtyFour Music are Yorgos Lanthimos's favourite.

When DAVID popped in to speak to Nick Payne of SixtyFour Music about 'The Favourite', Yorgos Lanthimo's film had just triumphed at BAFTA and there was a real possibility that it would win the Academy Award for Best Film. Alas, that was not to be... but Payne will have been delighted that Olivia Colman picked up an Oscar, and the general acclaim that has come the film's way, because his company sweated blood to provide Lanthimo with the soundtrack he wanted.


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Andy Humphreys adds bite to Bark

As they look to compete with the bigger companies in their realm, persuading Andy Humphreys to join Bark Soho was a significant coup for the sound design company. It also provided DAVID with an excellent excuse to pop into Bark's Soho studio and meet Humphreys and Simon Elms. Between them, they revealed how the twin proposition of Bark and sister company Eclectic has created an holistic offer for their advertising clients, and talked about the excitement of working on documentary features.


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The Verge
"Better Worlds: A Theory of Flight"
3 mins
18 March 2019

The Verge have launched this affecting film from their sci-fi project 'Better Worlds' - a collection of fiction dedicated to hope. Adapted from a short story by Justina Ireland, the film uses space travel as an allegory for the current refugee crisis - tackling themes of poverty, revolution, and beating an unfair system.

The animation style impeccably matches the story's retro-futuristic tone, as pixelated imagery recalls vintage video games while charting the protagonist's open-source rocket rebellion. Emotive and emboldening, we highly recommend reading the original tale in addition to watching.


Audi
"Synchronised Swimming"
60s
18 March 2019

Audi take synchronicity to a new level in this elegant commercial. Shot by car wrangler Johnny Hardstaff, the film offers a fresh take on synchronised swimming as a pair of motors move in precisely choreographed unison.

Swirling and swooshing to the sounds of Faultline's 'Follow You Follow Me', the ad delivers a hypnotic demonstration of the vehicles' features - pulling off fluid moves which would be nigh impossible to accomplish otherwise.

Meanwhile, slick visual trickery creates the illusion of the cars ‘swimming'… though even all of Audi's bells and whistles haven't quite made their latest offering amphibious. Attractive, though? Certainly.


Converse
"Spark Progress"
60s
18 March 2019

Converse tap some of London's up-and-coming female talents for this 60" ad, which sticks two fingers up to those who rule the roost without a nugget of understanding about the younger generation. Needless to say, the diverse and enterprising cast of director Paco Raterta's film are keen to show what they're made of.

Musicians Raye, and Ama Lou, and Lava La Rue along with fashion designers Feng Chen and Paria Farzaneh, each appear via a combination of home footage and quicksilver vignettes. This restless approach chimes with the cast's upstart attitude, while the shoe brand are content to keep a relatively low profile throughout.


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Persil
"Firework"
30s
19 Mar 2007
The cap from a Persil bottle sits in a white room and then brightly coloured clothes literally explode from it. Brings to mind last year's Sony Bravia extravaganza but this is, if anything, more effective as it is a better fit for the product and doesn't lose its way through the irrational desire to "do it for real".

Orange
"Orange Vision"
90s
19 Mar 2009
Mr Dresden and his hapless assistant stroll through this teaser for a new Web Site sponsored by Orange. The duo declare their intention to make their own films after years of listening to the disappointing pitches of the Hollywood elite.

Lastminute.com
"Do More Good Stuff"
60s
19 Mar 2010
An exhilarating journey through the holiday possibilities open to us now that our winter hibernation is over. It's always ambitious to portray holiday excitement as tastes aren't exactly universal but this commercial pulls it off.

B & Q
"I Did That"
40s
19 Mar 2012
This charming commercial for the DIY retailer may tread down a well worn path but it does it with poignant flare and it's an excellent piece of advertising. There are about eight separate vignettes in just forty seconds but it doesn't feel rushed and that's pretty impressive by itself.

T K Maxx
"Me, By Me"
90s
19 Mar 2014
This is a great ad, very well made. We're familiar with the concept of using real people in ads rather than actors or models, but this really does make you think. These ordinary people - who, it appears, have auditioned to be involved - are filmed and photographed wearing clothes from the discount retailer - and in watching this, you wonder why on earth the fashion industry has so zealously used models when this group looks so naturally right.

Nike
"The Ball Makes Us More"
90s
19 Mar 2018
This film for Nike appears to go beyond its ostensible remit of reminding us of the association between its sportswear and Barcelona FC. Although it's not explicit, it appears to be offering tacit solidarity with the people of Catalonia after the repression of their unofficial independence referendum last year.

Childline
"Think You Understand Me?"
87s
19 Mar 2018
This poignant film for Childline draws attention to the individuals we ignore in favour of stereotypes based on the way they look. It opens with a a young black lad proving cheerfully bad when he attempts to put a basketball in the net, and ends with a child observing that his skin isn't thicker just because it's a different colour.

Green Wing
"Chocolates"
20s
19 Mar 2006
Tamsin Grieg and Michelle Gomez mess around to good effect here in the latest inspired trailer for Channel 4's medical comedy. Gomez taunts an unkempt Grieg by stuffing chocolates in her gob and refusing to share.

Green Wing
"Blah Blah Blah"
20s
19 Mar 2006
Tamsin Grieg goes over the script of the medical comedy with a colleague who is inexplicably holding another member of the cast in a headlock throughout. Another neat reminder of the forthcoming second series.

I Can't Believe It's Not Butter
"Mirror"
10s
19 Mar 2006
Another inspired short for the butter alternative has Jon Culshaw and Ozzy Osbourne stood before a mirror. One of them declares that he cannot tell the difference and then holds it up to his own reflection to try believing it to the other. Funnier than it sounds.

Strongbow
"First Pint Refreshment"
30s
19 Mar 2007
The conceit here is that the little sigh of satisfaction provoked by the first swig of the pint you have in the pub is a much longer affair if your tipple of choice is Strongbow. It lasts so long that the protagonist in the ad is mesmerised and misses a goal on the television.

Galaxy
"British Book Awards"
30s
19 Mar 2007
What a relief... a chocolate bar ad where the product isn't equated with an edible sex toy and contains instead a scene that begs to be noticed as an excerpt from The Great Gatsby is dramatised to advertise a tie-in with the British Book Awards. More please.

Asda George
"Wacky Races"
30s
19 Mar 2008
A collection of children put together go-karts and other improvised vehicles as they prepare for a race down the grassy hill. As they set about their ministrations, we are told how little their clothes cost via a series of supers. The first Asda commercial in 2008 that isn't embarrassing.

Aquafresh
"It's Your Mouth"
40s
19 Mar 2008
Above par for this sector, this commercial shows us how valuable a decent set of gnashers can be. A rapid journey through life is taken by the protagonist as we witness his growth from baby through boyhood to fatherhood. Obviously, the journey ends before his teeth end up in a glass beside the bed.

Marks & Spencer
"Lighthouse"
50s
19 Mar 2008
M&S have made that ad again. Okay, the music and the location have changed and, presumably, the clothes have too... but it's the same idea and the same models (including the one who always does the bra and panties shot). Seeing M&S's fashion effort of the year is like hearing the first cuckoo of spring.

Walkers
"Summer Holiday"
60s
19 Mar 2008
Here's a thought to shudder the soul... a human entity that is part Gary Lineker and part Cliff Richard. That's what appears to be driving the double decker bus in this homage to Summer Holiday. The actors playing The Shadows nearly come to grief thanks to a low bridge. Phew.

Homebase
"Docks"
30s
19 Mar 2009
To illustrate the claim that the advertised DIY store can provide materials which enable you to make a home anywhere, a living room is set up on a dock side. The familiar whistling bit from the cult track Young Folks by Peter, Bjorn and John adds to the ambiance.

Homebase
"Carlisle Kitchen"
30s
19 Mar 2010
Another look at the transformation of Carlisle station carried out by the good people at Homebase. In this version, all of the focus is placed upon the kitchen they put into the station enabling commuters to make their own cappuccinos.

Laterooms.com
"Search"
30s
19 Mar 2010
Cute animation is used to depict holiday locations as floating bubbles in the kitchen. This is the second recent example of an ad for a web-based travel agent that's considerably better than the advertising for conventional travel agencies.

Currys
"Simpsons Sponsorship"
30s
19 Mar 2010
This collection of bumpers advertising the sponsorship of The Simpsons on Sky by Currys promotes their home delivery service. The selection is led off by a very amusing clip highlighting the hazards of collecting stuff yourself.

Daily Mirror
"Lego Racers"
20s
19 Mar 2010
This piece for the red top tabloid advertises the inclusion of the Lego toy in a forthcoming edition of the newspaper. Neat animation is used to show the little Lego car in motion and we even get a Lego-car-cam-view... which is quite exciting.

French Connection
"The Woman"
60s
19 Mar 2010
One of a pair of films for French Connection which dwell on the mystery of attractiveness. In this ad, a sulky looking woman is examined by a rather voyeuristic camera as a man with a heavy French accent speaks enigmatically about her.

French Connection
"The Man"
60s
19 Mar 2010
One of a pair of films for French Connection which dwell on the mystery of attractiveness. A bearded man is described in enigmatic terms by a man speaking with a heavy French accent. What's it all about? Just a way of excusing the other ad, if you ask us.

moneysupermarket.com
"Bank Robbery"
30s
19 Mar 2010
In another highly amusing ad, Omid Djalili tackles a bank teller who is reluctant to offer an enticing deal to a customer. As before, the comedy is derived from Djalili's apparent heavy-handedness which, this time, leads to the involvement of the police.

Tropicana
"The Growers"
60s
19 Mar 2012
If you took the voice-over out of the equation and, this would be an extremely decent piece of advertising. The photography is beautiful and it successfully projects the idea that the people who grow fruit for the advertised juice care about what they're doing... even if, we strongly suspect that they don't.

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