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Witness a 'Journey to Independence' with Leonard Cheshire's Hard-Hitting Campaign

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Stink Films' Matilda Finn shoots the new campaign for the UK disability charity

Witness a 'Journey to Independence' with Leonard Cheshire's Hard-Hitting Campaign
What happens when we’re struck down and hurt, when bones are broken and organs are split? How do we come back, who helps us; family, friends? What does it take, as human beings, to have the patience and energy to push through the pain and frustration, to find the strength to heal? These are the questions a new film from award-winning creative agency Don’t Panic asks us in their new commercial, ‘Journey to Independence’ for Leonard Cheshire. 

Appointed as Agency of Record in February 2019; this is the first piece of creative that Don’t Panic have created for the UK disability charity within their new campaign ‘Journey to Independence’. Shot by Stink Films’ new talent, Matilda Finn, the 60-second film takes us through the journey of one survivor’s recovery from accident to job interview. Focusing on the different stages of rehabilitation, the film aims to convey how people can be supported in each sequence of this story; to live, learn and work, and the monumental impact that such an experience has on an individual. 

“Eight in 10 people with a disability weren’t born with it and everyone will know someone, a friend or a family member, who has experienced this. It can happen to anyone and often is as a result of accidents, strokes, heart attacks or other health conditions” said Sonia Triki, head of legacy and individual giving. “For many of us, it is the hardest thing we ever have to face. Sometimes people can feel isolated, and this is made worse by out of date attitudes. It is vital that people don’t feel alone and know that Leonard Cheshire is there to support you. We believe everyone, whatever their ability, should get the same opportunity to live the life they choose.”


“As an organisation we’ve existed for over 70 years, since the day in 1948 when Leonard Cheshire brought a dying man into his home to care for him. Leonard Cheshire is taking a new direction in 2019; we’ve not only rebranded but re-approached our strategy for the next five years. Part of that process is to hire talent such as Don't Panic. Their experience and their bold approach perfectly captured the new direction and corresponded to where our brand now is: proud, positive and pioneering.” said Kate Burt, Leonard Cheshire’s executive director of marketing and fundraising.

The film launches a broader through-the-line campaign that delivers strategy, campaign concept, creative executions, distribution and media, the TVC will be tested across digital first with the ambition to then deliver creative over TV, OOH and press. Leonard Cheshire’s new overarching strategy of ‘Supporting Journeys towards Independence’ details how they aim to help people living with disability; so, they can live, learn and work as independently as they choose. To achieve this and to ensure future sustainability, Don’t Panic will help increase awareness of their work and opportunities where individuals can volunteer their support. 

George McCallum, creative director of Don’t Panic said “If you want to know about work ethic, ask a disabled person. Disability can happen to anybody and when it does the hard work never ends; and yet the physical and emotional struggle of disabled people often goes unnoticed or unseen. Leonard Cheshire see not only disability but ability. Offering much-needed support and understanding whoever you are, and whatever your journey to independence might look like. To shine a light on just one of these stories we posed a run-of-the-mill interview question; “What’s your work ethic like?” And answered it by showing the hard, painful, yet empowering story of one disabled man.”

Shot over four days on an Alexi Ari camera, ‘Journey to Independence’ used a variety of locations across London to capture the story of its protagonist. Award-winning post house, The Mill, worked on the campaign. Matilda Finn is part of Stink Rising, Stink Films global home for rising talent. 

Joe Wade, founder and managing director of Don’t Panic, added “My Grandmother worked in an early Leonard Cheshire home after WW2 and maintained an interest in the organisation throughout her life, so I've always been aware of the great work they do. We're looking forward to helping Leonard Cheshire find new and modern ways to tell their story to the world, encouraging a bold approach and moving away from their comfort zone.”
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Post Production / VFX

Post Production Company: The Mill

Producer: Mia Saunders (The Mill), Sean Ewins (Time Based Artists)

Colourist: Simone Grattarola (Time Based Artists)

Senior Producer: Clare Melia (The Mill)

2D Lead: Brad Wood (The Mill)

Shoot Supervisor: Brad Wood (The Mill)

Grade House: Time Based Artists

Production Company

Production Company: Stink Films

Director: Matilda Finn

Executive Producer: Blake Powell

Producer: Gloria Bowman / Scarlett Barclay / Georgia Stamp

DOP: Ben Wearing

1st AC: Dan West

Gaffer: Will Pope / Salvador Gomez-Lopez

Production Designer: Alexandra Toomey

Stylist: Luci Ellis

Make Up: Natasha Lawes (Make-up and Prosthetics)

Sound

Sound Company: Factory

Producer: Lou Allen

Sound Design: Mark Hills

Music

Music Company: Siren

Composer: Huntsmen

Music Producer: Sean Craigie-Atherton

Publisher: Siren Publishing Ltd.

Offline

Edit Company: Speade

Editor: Sam Sneade / Matilda Finn

Creative Agency

Creative Agency: Don't Panic

Managing Director: Joe Wade

Creative Partner: Rick Dodds

Senior Creative: George McCallum

Head of Strategy: Ellie Moore (Strategy and Engagement)

Senior Project Manager: Louise Boyd

Account Manager: Alex Tilley

Agency Producer: Jennifer Clare Houlihan

Head of Art: Paul Howard (Artwork)

Graphic Designer: Ellen Crowther / Lucy Richardson

Client

Advertiser: Leonard Cheshire

Client Team: Sonia Triki (Head of Legacy & Individual Giving), Latha Mamo (Individual Giving Manager)

Genres: Action, Storytelling

Categories: Charity, Corporate, Social and PSAs

Stink, Wed, 17 Apr 2019 15:30:34 GMT