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Kids of the World Unite to Protect Danish Children from Skin Cancer in Comedic Campaign

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Peter Harton directs charming tongue-in-cheek campaign titled ‘Help a Small Dane’ for the Danish Cancer Society and TrygFonden

Kids of the World Unite to Protect Danish Children from Skin Cancer in Comedic Campaign
Kids of the world stage an intervention to protect Danish kids from skin cancer in the Danish Cancer Society and TrygFonden’s charming new campaign, created by &Co NoA and directed by Peter Harton. Following the Cannes Lions award-winning campaign, ‘Help a Dane,’ which addressed Danes in general in 2017, this new campaign, ‘Help a Small Dane’, shifts its focus to tackling sun safety for Danish kids. 

Last year alone, four out of 10 children in Denmark were sunburnt on holiday. Many Danes get as much UV radiation in a week in Mallorca as they do in almost half a year in Denmark, and are at increased risk of skin cancer, including melanoma, in the long term. 

This latest tongue-in-cheek campaign sees children from around the world taking action to help put an end to this issue. Set in Alcúdia, Mallorca (a popular holiday destination for sun-seeking Danes), the film sees local kid, Ramon, urging small Danes to protect themselves from the sun’s rays so that they can stop being ‘red and boring’ and play with the other kids. 

Director Peter Harton, who is represented by commercially by Great Guns, comments: “We wanted to use humour to get parents to take note of this embarrassing situation. The creatives at &Co NoA, Ole and Kristoffer, are good friends of mine, so we developed this collaboratively. Creatively, I think we achieved what we aimed for and it’s a charming and fun slap in the face to parents in Denmark. We thought it would be fun to do an updated twist on the classic 50s TV-show, The Little Rascals, so we gave everybody in the gang a clearly defined role: the leader, the engineer, the musical one, the arty one, and the brainy one. Stylistically, we wanted to create a film that looked like it could have been done by these characters. Staying true to the material throughout the editing was quite challenging, because you usually cut away all the pauses in commercials. We initially tried this, but it lost a lot of its charm, so we actually ended up making it even slower than it had been originally.”

Commenting on the shoot, Peter says: “Working with six kids and a dog was definitely the most challenging aspect of the shoot. The client is an NGO, so we didn’t have piles of money to throw around. The crew was tiny and everyone worked in all departments. We were constantly way behind schedule and the shooting time restrictions with the kids didn’t help – but it was a lot of fun. The leader of the gang, Ramon, had so much text and that was a challenge for him, but he was a genius to work with. I was so lucky - we did very few takes and all of the kids were great. Again, solid proof of that casting in king!”
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Music : Asger Baden & Peder

Production Service

Production Service Company: Orange Valley

Producer: Vincente Jensen

1st AD: Dani Torrejon

Production Company

Production Company: &Co. Productions / NoA

Director: Peter Harton

Executive Producer: Anders Darre

Producer: Filippa Borg von Bülow

DOP: Ulrik Boel Bentzen

Line Producer: Maria-Louise Ottesen

Editor: Anders Jon

Set Designs: Jane Marshal Whittaker (Set design and wardrobe)

Gaffer: Martin Lerche

Post Production / VFX

Colourist: Bacon X / Hannibal


Sound Design: Kevin Koch (Sound design and recordist)


Make Up Artists: Louise Bruun

Casting: Virginia Beauget (Mallorca), Casteriet ved Anders (DK)


Advertiser: Danish Cancer Society & TrygFonden

Project Manager: Peter Dalum (Executive Project Manager) (Danish Cancer Society)

Press Officer: Karen Bøgedal (TrygFonden)

Creative Agency

Creative Agency: &Co / NoA

Creative Director: Robert Cerkez

Art Director: Ole Hoffmann & Kristoffer Winther

Copywriter: Kristian Eilertsen

Planner: Nynne Sille Hansen

Account Director: Morten Fabricius

Account Manager: Anders Antvorskov

Artist: Morten Grundsøe (Final artist)

Genres: Comedy, People, Scenic, Storytelling, Dialogue

Categories: Charity, Corporate, Social and PSAs

Great Guns London, Wed, 26 Jun 2019 08:14:07 GMT