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An Odd Assortment of Travellers Share a Train Home in Andreas Nilsson’s LNER Ad

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The warm-hearted ad is at the heart of Anomaly’s first fully integrated campaign for the train operator

An Odd Assortment of Travellers Share a Train Home in Andreas Nilsson’s LNER Ad

‘This is our LNER’ is the first fully integrated campaign from the new UK East Coast mainline operator, celebrating the people and places that power the east coast line.   

LNER, the new east coast main line operator, differentiates itself from other rail operators by doubling down on the people and places it serves, because a train company is nothing without them. 

The integrated campaign, led by Anomaly, plans to warm the nation’s hearts with a hero 60-second TVC depicting a series of unexpected characters all flung together on a train journey home. At the same time both eclectic and relatable, the campaign celebrates the broad tapestry of modern British train travel. 

In the TV campaign, created by Anomaly and directed by Andreas Nilsson through Biscuit, LNER will cement itself as a brand which celebrates the diversity of its journeys; whether it’s a family coming home after visiting Auntie Jean, a young group of friends on their way back from a festival in Leeds or battle scarred Roman centurions returning from a re-enactment in York. Every journey makes up a small part of LNER, and every person that travels on the line has a stake in the brand. The campaign, ‘This is our LNER’, is the embodiment of that thought.  

Craig Ainsley, creative director at Anomaly, said: “There’s something about getting the train home. And there’s something about the wonderful people and places of the east coast. Our new film aims to capture the feeling of being tucked away in a lovely LNER train carriage whilst being whisked homeward across the glorious east coast landscape.”

Working with a close interagency group, LNER has brought Anomaly, MG OMD and TMW Unlimited together to create the integrated campaign. The hero film will be supported by a new brand world that will appear across all channels including radio, and OOH. Anomaly also worked with LNER to commission local artists from cities and towns along the network to create the artwork for OOH and press. In a supporting influencer-led social media and digital campaign, TMW Unlimited used a range of influencers to create authentic and relatable content on their journeys. Video footage places an emphasis on the opportunities for work and relaxation as they look back on “jam-packed days” on their journey home. This builds on previous digital communications by showing the POV of the people and places of the east coast, bringing a real-life perspective to the proposition “This is our LNER”. The campaign runs on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and online display until end of April.

Danielle Agius, head of marketing at LNER, said: “We needed to give LNER a distinctive identity to help drive brand awareness of our relatively new brand. ‘This is our LNER’ campaign does just that, showing LNER exists for the people and places of the east coast. We’re confident this campaign will help place LNER trains as the best way to make your journey.”

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Production Company

Director: Andreas Nilsson

Production Company: Biscuit Filmworks

Producer: Kwok Yau


Sound Company: Grand Central Recording Studios

Sound Engineer: Munzie Thind

Post Production / VFX

Post Production Company: The Mill

Producer: James Beck

VFX Lead: Jonathan Wesley

Creative Agency

Executive Creative Director: Oli Beale

Creative Director: Craig Ainsley

Creatives: Conrad Swanston & Alex Bingham

Producer: Alen Grebovic

Creative Agency: Anomaly

Assistant Producer: Soraya Phipps


Edit Company: Cut & Run

Editor: Ben Campbell

Edit Assistant: Jo Lewandowska


Advertiser: LNER

Genres: Animation, People, Storytelling

Categories: Public Transport, Travel

Biscuit UK, Mon, 04 Mar 2019 10:46:08 GMT