This year’s stills campaign closely follows the moving and already legendary TV ad, it had over eight million views on You Tube in less than a week, and uses the same cast of animated characters created by the brilliant people at Mackinnon and Saunders in Manchester.
It was a marathon complex shoot but the magnificent results more than repay all the effort. Congratulations to everyone involved!
Agency: AMV BBDO
Art Directors: Andy Clough and Sonny Adjoran @ AMV BBDO
Photographer: Myles New @ Refresh
Home Economist/Food Stylist: Susie Theodorou
Puppets: Mackinnon and Saunders with sets by Clockwork Frog
Line Producer: Lola Paprocka @ Shoot
Producer: Adele Rider @ Shoot
The show, a co-production between the Royal Ballet and The Roundhouse, will open at the end of December and run for most of January 2017.
Set in a ‘mental health facility’, Zoonation’s hip hop version puts a twist on Lewis Carroll’s classic tale of Alice and her adventures in their own exuberant and yet accessible style. Originally staged at The Royal Opera House in 2014, it was written and is directed by Zoonation’s founder and director Kate Prince with music by DJ Walde and Josh Cohen.
ZooNation creates irresistible narrative hip hop dance theatre. The company has won nationwide acclaim with its hugely popular shows, including Into the Hoods and Some Like It Hip Hop. Playfully drawing on everything from Shakespeare to Sondheim, Artistic Director Kate Prince and her company present brilliantly exuberant dance adventures overflowing with energy and wit.
Jay Brooks shot Lenny Henry in a gangster style for the forthcoming Donmar Warehouse production of ‘The Irresistible Rise of Arturo Ui’.
Sir Lenny will play the eponymous Arturo in the play by Bertolt Brecht, a satire on the rise of Hitler set in the gangster world of 1930s Chicago where the dictator collides and coalesces with Al Capone.
With its savage critique of demagoguery and the corruption and manipulation of power it has a message for our times:
If we could learn to look instead of gawking,
We’d see the horror in the heart of farce,
If only we could act instead of talking,
We wouldn’t always end up on our arse.
This was the thing that nearly had us mastered;
Don’t yet rejoice in his defeat, you men!
Although the world stood up and stopped the bastard,
The bitch that bore him is in heat again.
Katie has a very ‘holistic’ approach to her work. It is understandable as her CV includes both design and food blogging, as well as photography. As you can see from the behind the scenes pictures, she also art directed and styled all the images for the campaign.
The campaign has rolled out across Irish billboards this week.
The brewers Marstons hired Gavin Watson to create the story for their “From Burton With Love” ad campaign and product launch. The idea was to get back their roots in their home town of Burton on Trent with a cast of employees, their friends and families; an ideal vehicle for Gavin’s blend of reportage and high energy realism.
Marstons, one of the great names in British beer – their Pedigree ale is an all time classic – have decided to update both their profile and their product range for the age of craft beers and microbreweries. The campaign goes back to the very roots of the business in the home town of British brewing and aligns Marstons with what their marketing director Lee Williams described as “the authenticity and simplicity of the new beer scene.”
Given the brief, Gavin’s style was the perfect fit and, as it says in the foreword of his book ‘Skins and Punks’, he has the ability to make ‘ordinary’ people look like legends. The campaign characters were all street cast either from the Marstons workforce, including head brewer Pat McGinty, or the general population of Burton and the story was shot in various locations in the brewery and the town.
“I wanted places that people would recognise,” Gavin said, talking about the choices of key locations and local landmarks, “I wanted to capture the spirit of a place – making it look as dramatic but as real as possible – about what it is to live and breathe in this town. The ‘secondary town’ thing resonates with me. Burton still has its industry and it filled me with joy when I came to a town that still means something.
It’s in the blood; in the water. If you’re going to live, grow and die in this town you’re going to be connected to brewing in some way. You can sense it as soon as you get off the train.”
Art direction and the ideas that inspired the campaign come from Big Al’s Creative Emporium.
The Lemon Twigs first album ‘Do Hollywood’ is exploding with precocious talent and already counts Alice Cooper and Elton John amongst its fans. Their musical knowledge and sophistication belies the fact that they are still in their teens, as Noisey puts it “They’re a meticulous team, creating a beautifully baroque psych mélange of The Beatles and The Beach Boys. Do Hollywood, is a feast of prog-pop curves, demented fairground refrains, and unexpected time signatures. They excel at lushly harmonised codas—jaunty one minute, forlorn the next—and neatly applied patinas of strings and brass. It’s an ambitious maximalist kind of pop.”
“When the D’Addario brothers talk about their childhood, it seems half their recollections are not memories but rather flashbacks of seeing themselves in home videos. There’s footage of the boys watching Yellow Submarine, the Dave Clarke Five movie, and The Monkees TV show. In one clip Michael sits in front of a keyboard trying to play “Strawberry Fields” (“I just didn’t have the capacity at five years old”). They’d obsessively watch the exhaustive doc The Beatles Anthology. “We know all eight parts and every aspect of their story,” declares Brian. “There’s nothing anyone could tell us about The Beatles that we wouldn’t know.”
“Along with being encyclopedic Beatles nerds, the pair have each mastered bass, keys, guitar, and drums, although onstage they switch off between the latter two instruments, each taking their turn to sing lead. “It’s weird to me that people couldn’t sing or do harmonies because we’ve been doing that since we were really little—our mom and dad taught us to do that,” offers Brian. “There’s a video of us putting our fingers in our ears, gathered around an unplugged mic, doing simple harmonies.”
Creative direction was by Ruth Bewsey @ Daisy London, with styling by Dan May @ CLM and grooming by Tim Pateman @ Fox Represents. The model is Oli Lacey @ Next.
Tom Sellers has quickly risen through the ranks to become a luminary of the British culinary scene.
Story opened its doors in April 2013; its innovative literary-inspired menu, taking diners on ‘a personal journey through food’, has won him huge critical and public acclaim. Story was awarded its first Michelin star just five months after opening.
Jay found the assignment challenging and exciting, “Initially stripping it down to just a hand held camera, a small flash gun and a laptop was quite daunting. No big lighting set ups, no glam squad, no studio… nowhere to hide! And once service began the kitchen erupted into action. It seemed like madness at first but somehow I soon seemed to settle into the chaotic rhythm of it all. The food they served was so delicate and so perfect it seemed hard to believe it was produced by this whirling mass of tattoos and shouting. It actually reminded me a lot of my rave days shooting on dancefloors, move fast, keep your elbows in and go with the flow!”
‘A Kind of Love Story’ has just been published by Orion and is, as they say, in the shops now.
Pictured here in ‘no particular order’ but starting at the top left are Honey G, Bradley and Ottavio, 5 AM, Matt, Gifty and Emily who all hope to be warbling their way to stardom in the coming weeks.
Honey G is the ‘star’ of the show. She has caused controversy since landing a place on the live finals mainly because no one can believe she is really is a rapper from the mean streets of ‘North Weezy’, or Harrow as it is more generally known, and is actually serious.
And now X Factor fans have claimed the show is a ‘fix’ after it was revealed that Honey G has been lined up for a personal appearance in Scotland, the same night as the Saturday night stalwart’s finale.
The opinion dividing rapper has been ‘confirmed’ to appear at a Kirkcaldy nightclub, Kitty’s & Kandy, on December 10th – the exact night the final four contestants will perform for the judges.
But apparently it’s ok because the club have only got her on a pencil, so if she’s still in the competition they will rearrange. Good to see the good folk of Kirkcaldy being so forward looking and that Honey G’s post X Factor career is getting off to a flying start.
The National Theatre hired Jay Brooks to shoot these powerful black and white portraits of the key cast members of The Red Barn, the new play by David Hare. Based on the novel, La Main, by Georges Simenon, the play is a tense psychological thriller set in a farmhouse in a frozen New England and the cast features Mark Strong (A View from the Bridge) and Hope Davis (God of Carnage) and Elizabeth Debicki who starred with Tom Hiddleston in ‘The Night Manager’.
When Robbie Williams shot the video for his new single, Scarlet Page, who regularly plays the fly on the wall in Williams’ world, was commissioned to record the event, the outfits, the extras and everything. The video, directed by Robbie’s long time collaborator Vaughn Arnell, he did ‘Angels’ amongst other things, is an opulent extravaganza going under the title of ‘Party Like a Russian’.
The song has proved controversial. It has already upset quite a lot of Russians who feel that the clip stereotypes them as evil oligarchs, while other people have accused it of being sexist. Robbie, on the other hand, as you see in the pictures, seems to have enjoyed the whole thing a lot.
The Cronut lands in London. Dominque Ansel, baker extraordinaire and the inventor of the Cronut, a delicious cross of croissant and doughnut, opened his London bakery last week and Scott Grummett was there to record the event. Dominique already has New York and Tokyo sites, and such is his fame among the cake cognoscente that hundreds queued, some from as early as five am, for the opening.
London highlights (see above) include the Banoffee Paella, “After The Rain” Mousse Cake (with flavours of pear, ginger, and jasmine, jasmine “raindrops” gelée and praliné feuilletine base), Salted Honey Tart, Eton Mess Lunchbox, and the Welsh Rarebit Croissant.
Pip recently had the privilege of photographing the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, for Red Magazine in the chambers of City Hall. Sadiq impressed Pip not only as a politician but as a person, as Pip put it, ‘Not only the city’s first ethnic minority mayor and the first Muslim to become mayor of a major Western capital, but also a top bloke to hang out with.’
As something of a lover of the Burger in all its forms, Scott Grummett was excited to be invited to shoot some Byron Burgers. Along with their beef regulars they are also now offering some chicken specials too including the Clucky Balboa (see below) to take on their bovine counterparts. And there are of course, some incredible over the top and magnificently messy milkshakes to boot.
Liam Arthur shot High Content magazine’s story featuring the new range of bags by Swedish designers Sandqvist. The online magazine partnered the launch of the Sandqvist Women’s AW16 range at London Fashion week at their flagship store in Soho.
Make up and hair: Mary-Jane Gotidoc using Black Opal Cosmetics / Bumble & Bumble
Styling: Nathan Klein
Model: Raine @ Leni’s Models
‘Sleep No More’ is Jack’s fifth studio album and is preceded by the lead single ‘When We Were Lovers’. ‘Sleep No More’ is out on 28th October.
The elegant and cunningly retro cover was art directed and designed by Rob O’Connor at Stylorouge.
Clothes and accessories by Versace, Phillip Lim, Burberry, Prabal Gurung, and more.
Photography: Rebecca Miller
Stylist: Shala Rothenberg
Makeup by Colleen Runné at Kate Ryan Inc. using Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
Hair by Deborah Brider at Factory Downtown using Kerastase and T3 micro
Models: Clara McNair and Laura O’Grady
Manicurist: Evelyn Lim
The book tells the story of Gavin’s teenage years in the 1980s, from the time when as a fourteen year old skinhead he first picked up the camera and began to record his world.
“At first, I was just a shy, dreamy kid taking pictures of landscapes and my cat. It was only when Madness and the skinhead thing…the Two Tone thing started that I really began to take lots of pictures.”
He photographed wherever he went, at home, at school, in the streets of the estate where he lived, and whoever he met, his family, friends, girlfriends and in so doing created an extraordinary social document. Its importance has already been widely recognised. For example, the film maker Shane Meadows has acknowledged Gavin’s work and cites it as a visual reference and inspiration for ‘This is England’
“I’m not a skinhead or a punk photographer” says Gavin, “I’m a DIY photographer. Back then I was using a camera without having any real knowledge of what I was doing. So I just did what felt natural, by instinct, by myself. I processed the stuff in the bathroom. That was the point. That still is the point about the work. Doing it for yourself. THAT’S FUCKIN’ PUNK.”
“I didn’t feel my photographs were important but I felt that what was happening around me was unbelievably important and exciting. I was just amazed that we were demonised instead of celebrated,” he told us recently. “I managed to record my journey, which was thousands of kids’ journeys, all kids’ journeys, and that’s what the work shows really. Those relationships. They’re just young teenage kids trying to find their way in life.”
What makes We Were Here 79-89 so exciting is that for the first time Gavin has been a part of the entire creative process and has edited the selection of images himself; this is Gavin’s story told in his own way.
This book is also going to be produced at a higher quality than anything we have seen from Gavin before, presenting these photos in the way that such a legacy deserves.
Last week Scott Grummett was back with one of his regular clients, All Star Lanes, tasked with shooting Sean Soon, head of all things bar related and mixologist supreme, making some of their brand new cocktails.
As Scott puts it, ‘I strapped on the macro lens and got into the details of Sean’s process, aiming to capture some of the drama around his creations.’
Scott has had to wait a while for the campaign to take off. “As far back as January I was invited by Mr Jonathan Warburton to give his Thins and Thins bagels a fresh, tasty and appetising approach in a series of adverts and instore images. We wanted to stay true to the product but inspire mild levels of gluttony and a real sense of hunger.
What are you having for lunch?”
Disclaimer: this post may induce hunger
Since winning Bake Off, the extraordinary Nadiya has had the most incredible year. So remarkable in fact that the Daily Telegraph chose to list her achievements under the title ’10 Inspiring Things Nadiya Hussain has done since winning GBBO. And here they are:
1 Written a cookbook. And it’s not all cakes, it has Asian savouries too!
2 Written a children’s cookbook. It features stories and child friendly recipes and is dedicated to Nadiya’s three children, Musa, Dawud and Maryam. It features photographs of them throughout, is generally rather lovely by all accounts and is out soon.
3 Spoken out about racism. Her comments about how she had come to “expect” racism highlighted just how horrifically ingrained such experiences can become. But she also displayed moving resilience, and a determination to focus on the positive.
“I don’t retaliate. I feel like there’s a dignity in silence, and I feel that if I retaliate to negativity with negativity then we’ve evened out,” she explained. “And I don’t need to even that out, because if somebody’s being negative I need to be the better person.”
4 Landed her own TV show. New two part series The Chronicles of Nadiya starts tonight on BBC One, and will follow the Bake Off winner as she travels to Bangladesh, where her parents were born and where large parts of her extended family still reside. Part cookery show, part travel diary, Chronicles will see Nadiya travel to her family’s village and cook for a relative’s wedding feast.
5 She’s a magazine columnist. She’s writing for The Times Magazine and is planning to revive the swiss roll!
6 She’s been reunited with the woman who taught her to bake. Her secondary school home economics teacher Jean Marshall who got her “hooked” on baking, sparking a passion for traditional British puddings and sponges.
7 She’s baked a birthday cake for the Queen.
8 She’s been named as one of the most influential people in Britain by Debretts.
9 She’s getting remarried so that she can have a party – her first wedding in Bangladesh wasn’t a lot of fun
10 And she’s moving to Milton Keynes! (Not entirely sure that is really inspiring)
And she has been on Desert Island Discs.
Quite a year!
To celebrate the epicurean delight that is National Burger Day we present the six best looking burgers captured by our own ‘burger king’ Mr Scott Grummett in the last twelve months. The burgers themselves are the work of the very great folk at Honest Burgers.
At number 6 : The festive Christmas Special with Cranberry and Camenbert
Schunkeling in at 5 : The Oktoberfest
At a fiery 4 : The Quesadilla
At 3 wake up to : The Muffin Breakfast Burger
Down to the bayou for 2 : The Cajun
It had to be, at number 1 : The Classic Honest Cheeseburger with Fries
Judges decisions are final, however we wish to point out that they do not reflect Honest Burgers company policy or any kind of burger favouritism inside the organisation.
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