First Dates and Citroën Ask Us to ‘Love a Little Frencher’ in TV Spots with a Twist
Havas London blends a French aesthetic with a quintessentially British point of view
French car marque Citroën has unveiled a new series of idents as part of its award-winning sponsorship of Channel 4’s First Dates. These idents represent the first major piece of work created by Havas London in line with Citroën’s new signature look and feel for its UK marketing.
The new idents will run until the end of 2019 on TV and via the on demand service All 4, across both First Dates and the spin-off First Dates Hotel. The idents are to be used during the second year of Citroën’s two-year sponsorship deal with the award-winning C4 dating show, which is returning for its 12th series in mid-April.
The idents focus on different couples in a Citroën C3, and initially appear to depict deeply emotional scenes of romance, love, desire and heartbreak. Beautifully shot like a modern French movie, the couples speak in French, with a cinematic feel underpinned by golden yellow subtitles, a letterbox ratio, a rich grade and soft, orchestral music.
But, just as these scenes are about to reach their climax, a sudden twist reveals their true context, turning romance into farce. Gone is the softly spoken French, the cinematic feel, the music; they are replaced instead by entirely everyday British situations that have been hilariously heightened by the comfortable interior of Citroën C3.
The idents are the first major work created by Havas London in line with a new signature look and feel for Citroën in the UK – the first time in recent years the French brand has had a specific UK marketing identity. This identity – which blends unmistakably French aesthetic, language, music and voice overs with a quintessentially British point of view – aims to champion its provenance while distinguishing itself from the other French brands in the market. Upcoming press advertising playfully twists language, with Franglaissuch as ‘Arriver like un boss’ and ‘Travel première class’ used to promote New Citroën C5 Aircross SUV, and ‘Jacques of all trades’ to describe New Berlingo Van.
Souad Wrixen, marketing director at Citroën UK, says: “We’re incredibly proud of our French heritage, and want to champion that in a smart, contextually relevant way here in the UK. Our sponsorship of First Dates is the perfect vehicle through which to introduce that – after all, who knows more about love than the French?”
Mark Whelan, group chief creative officer at Havas UK, adds: “This is the language of love brought to you British style. Nous sommes tres proud.”view more - Creative
Composer: Papa Music
Sound Engineer: Jack Hallett
Audio Post Company: Factory
Post Production / VFX
Post Production Company: Electric Theatre Collective
Editing House: Whitehouse
Editor: Elena De Plama / André Rodrigues
Designer: Dan Scheers
Production Company: Bold
Executive Producer: Rob Godbold
Producer: Dave Knox
Director: Camila Zapiola
DOP: Jaime Feliu-Torres
Media Agency: Mediacom
Advertiser: Citroën UK
Marketing Director: Souad Wrixen
Head of Marketing Communications: Victoria Hatfield
Communications Manager: Lucy Jefferies
Creative Agency: Havas London
Executive Creative Director: Ben Mooge
Creatives: Stephen Cross and Simon Connor
Planner: Kerrie Boyes
Group Chief Creative Officer: Mark Whelan
Account Team: Nick Lee (Managing Partner), Tom Trevelyan (Account Director), Andrew Symonds (Account Manager)
Agency Executive Producer: Kiri Carch
Agency Producer: Mary Musasa (Assistant)
Genres: Idents, People, Music & Sound Design, Comedy
Categories: Automotive, CarsHavas UK, Fri, 29 Mar 2019 12:53:49 GMT