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Why Heineken Stuffed Rugby Legend Jonah Lomu Into This Tiny Box

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ROTHCO gives fans a shock in hidden camera Dublin quiz machine hoax

Why Heineken Stuffed Rugby Legend Jonah Lomu Into This Tiny Box

Following the launch of Heineken’s global Rugby World Cup Campaign ‘It’s Your Call’, Creative Agency ROTHCO are activating Ireland’s local phase of the campaign at 12pm today.

The recently launched global campaign promised to give the Rugby World Cup nation’s fans a chance to flip the coin at the beginning of their respective games. ROTHCO and Heineken have launched online hidden-camera film ‘The Jonah Machine’ to kick off the ensuing Irish activation, encouraging rugby fans to take part and win a chance to flip the coin at Ireland’s pool games and quarter finals.



Filmed by hidden camera in a pub in Dublin, ‘The Jonah Machine’ documents an elaborate prank where the unsuspecting Dubliners receive unusual prizes on a bespoke Heineken games machine. Unbeknown the pub’s patrons, All Blacks rugby legend Jonah Lomu is hiding inside the machine, personally signing prize rugby balls with a special message for the unwitting recipients. Completely unaware of the set-up, punters are baffled by their personalised prizes – that is until Jonah’s replacement, ex-Ireland player Shane Horgan turns up to relieve his fellow sportsman!

Ray Swan, ROTHCO’s Senior Art Director, comments: "The idea behind the 'It's Your Call' campaign is a celebration of the unpredictable nature of rugby. Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Rugby's elite for the local campaign was an honour; putting them in a small box was the icing on the cake!"

The film will air at 12pm on Wednesday 26th August, 2015. Following the launch of ‘The Jonah Machine’, bespoke Heineken machines will appear in pubs and off licences across Ireland. The machines will allow Heineken customers to play to 'call' the toss of a coin. If they call it right, they get a prize. Prizes will range from RWC Heineken merchandise all the way up to the opportunity to flip the coin at the Irish pool games and quarter finals.

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Post Production / VFX

Grade: EMC Post Production

Post Production Company: Rattle

Production Company

Director: Matt Golding

Executive Producer: Andrew Freedman

Producer: Conor Mulherne

Production Company: Rattle

Music

Sound Production: Mutiny

Creative Agency

Art Director: Ray Swan

Copywriter: Emma Sharkey

Creative Agency: ROTHCO

Digital Strategy: Emer Fitzgerald

Executive Creative Director: Alan Kelly

Producer: Laura Ellis

Social: Eric Gasparro

Strategy: Shane Doyle, MCCP

Categories: Beers, Alcoholic Beverages

ROTHCO, Wed, 26 Aug 2015 13:18:41 GMT