Ben Tollet and Emer Stamp in '3 great ads I had nothing to do with'

Story of the film:

In this film, Ben Tollett, Executive Creative Director and Emer Stamp, formerly Executive Creative Director from adam&eveDDB share their choices. Their TV ads are discussed regularly in the national media and the John Lewis Campaign won them their second IPA Grand Prix. Despite their 12 years together as a creative team they were still able to agree on their 3 favourite ads. Here, you can find out which they chose.

A few words about Ben Tollett and Emer Stamp

Throughout their 12 years together, the pair have created a string of campaigns which have championed a sense of warmth, wit and charm for clients as diverse as Harrods, Harvey Nichols, VW, Travelocity and adidas.

Their TV ads are discussed regularly in the national media. Presenter Lauren Laverne said their work showed a "kind of dark genius". Art critic Waldemar Januszczak said their Halifax ad with the dog was "really clever". The columnist and author Caitlin Moran said one of their commercials made her cry for three minutes. 

In 2008 Emer and Ben joined start-up agency adam&eve. They played a key role in winning the John Lewis account, and established a new, more emotional tone of voice for the brand. In 2012, the John Lewis campaign won them their second IPA Grand Prix.

According to the Gunn Report, the John Lewis Christmas ad "the long wait" is the fifth most awarded ad film in the world.

More about Ben and Emer’s choices:

Tango 'St George' 

Despite airing on national TV only 10 times, this ad for Blackcurrant Tango went on to win a string of awards and was named among the 100 Best Commercials of All Time.

The ad, in which Tango spokesman, Ray Gardner, responds to a letter of complaint from a French exchange student by leading a march to the White Cliffs of Dover, won a Cannes Gold, Silver Pencil from D&AD in 1998 and an ITV gold award at the BTAA. 

Filmed in just three days, the ad climaxes with Gardner entering a boxing ring and challenging France, Europe and the rest of the world to take him on, backed up by three Harrier Jump Jets. It ends with the line, "I'm Ray Gardner, and I drink Blackcurrant Tango".

The ad appears to be a continuous shot, but in fact consists of tracking and helicopter shots from different days with different weather conditions with the locations seamlessly linked together. The sequence evolves through various screen styles building from low budget corporate video to a dramatic motion picture finale at the end. 

The ad was created by agency Howell Henry Chaldecott Lury and directed by TV drama director Colin Gregg.

Agency Howell Henry Chaldecott Lury

Agency Producer Peter Muggleston

Production Company Eclipse

Director  Colin Gregg

Creative  Chas Bayfield, Jim Bolton, Minnie Moll, David O'Hanlon 

Lynx 'Getting Dressed' 

Winning four Silvers at D&AD and a Gold Cannes Lion, this ad for Unilever's Lynx body spray was also shortlisted three times at the 2005 British Arrows awards. 

Created by BBH London, the ad was a new twist on the Lynx Effect campaign. It starts with a couple waking up in bed and follows them as they slowly start to get dressed.

As the ad unfolds, the couple move through the city, picking up their abandoned clothes where they’d left them, before ending up, back where they started, at the supermarket. 

Directed by Ringan Ledwidge, the ad features Israel Kamakawiwòole's version of 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow', which has featured in an array of Hollywood films and television programmes.

Agency BBH, London, United Kingdom

Creative Director Rosie Arnold

Copywriter Nick Gill

Production Company Small Family Business

Producer Sally Humphries

Director Ringan Ledwidge 

NSPCC 'Cartoon'

Winner of over 10 Golds from creative awards including Cannes Lions and The Creative Circle, this powerful spot from NSPCC puts a cartoon child being abused by a real-life parent at the heart of the story. 

For David Droga, the creative director, this was the script that stuck out from the possibles. He said "That was it – we wanted to show the kind of violence and abuse that advertising regulators would never allow. Having a cartoon child enabled that to happen, making viewers extremely uneasy about the juxtaposition of an animated world with the grim reality of child abuse."

The project, conceived by Howard Wilmott and Duncan Marshall, took shape after Passion Pictures' animation experts and director Frank Budgen began working on how to formulate the ad.

Created by Saatchi & Saatchi London, the ad was directed by Frank Budgen from Gorgeous and animated by Passion Pictures.

Agency Saatchi & Saatchi 

Creative Director David Droga

Copywriter Duncan Marshall, Howard Wilmott

Producer Paul Rothwell

Director Frank Budgen

Post Production The Mill


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