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Olly Blackburn Captures Familiar Moments of Britishness for BBC iPlayer

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Great Guns comedy director returns to commercials with new spot through RKCR/Y&R

Olly Blackburn Captures Familiar Moments of Britishness for BBC iPlayer

Great Guns comedy performance director Olly Blackburn has recently returned to the commercials world after his latest film Kristy featured at the BFI London Film Festival and having directed E4’s latest drama GLUE, with a Red Bee co-production shooting BBC iPlayer for Rainey Kelly.   

Olly’s strength in visual storytelling, of showing the everyday through a poetic, cinematic lens, is showcased in this heartwarming film which focuses on the concept of Britishness.  With resonant characters, cinematic images and english humour there’s a real warmth and soul to the film.

Through a series of vignettes, each becomes a celebration of Britishness in a way.  A frank and honest account of situations that every viewer will feel is happening somewhere they know or have seen before.  There is a warmth and subtle understated humour that all the characters express through their natural performances.

Shot over 4 days in West and East Sussex and locations around London the film reflects people from every corner of the country, the film is beautifully finished off with a great piece of music to drive it, “This Charming Man” by The Smiths.

On shooting Iplayer Olly comments, “After being lost to the world of features and TV for the last couple of years iPlayer was a dream project to return to — fantastic script/concept from Harry Stanford and Mike Insley at RKYR lovingly shepherded by Mick Mahoney… all about the spirit of Britishness and classy enough to get The Smiths to agree to license a track for the first time in decades. 'This Charming Man' underscores the humorous, strange and downright awkward situations where us Brits would rather be watching our iPlayer and to that extent this one was all about the humanity and the emotion… In other words all about the casting: a rich range of faces and personalities beautifully put together by Des Hamilton Casting”.

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Advertiser: BBC iPlayer

Production Company

Director: Olly Blackburn @ Great Guns

DOP: Tom Townend

Producer: Conor Keane @ Red Bee

Production Company: Red Bee Media, Great Guns

Production Designer: Maria Lanna

Production Manager: Patrick Greene @ Red Bee

Production Assistants: Ben Davidson @ Red Bee


Audio Post Production: GCRS

Sound Design: Munzie Thind

Creative Agency

Creative Agency: RKCR Y&R

Executive Creative Director: Mick Mahoney

Creatives: Mike Insley, Harry Stanford

Genres: Comedy

Categories: Media and Entertainment, Streaming Services

Great Guns London, Fri, 28 Nov 2014 13:51:23 GMT