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Multi-award Winner Trevor Melvin signs to Hotspur and Argyle

Melvin, seen here playing for Manchester United, has signed for Hotspur & Argyle

We are very proud to announce that multi award winning director Trevor Melvin has joined Hotspur & Argyle. Trevor’s illustrious career has seen him work across a range of genres for myriad major agencies and brands across the world. A consummate craftsman, his work has been compared in Time Out to that of David Lynch and Martin Scorsese. Cultural commentator Peter York likened him to Mike Leigh.

Happily for us, despite regular forays into the longer form, he has remained true to his first love of advertising where he cut his teeth as a highly sought after agency creative and he joins H&A following stints at RSA, Paul Weiland’s and Blink.

Among his most lauded commercials are classics for VW, British Meat and Kit Kat and his BTAA Gold winning anti drink drive ad ‘Dave’ was described by BMB’s Trevor Beattie as ‘one of the most moving and brilliantly argued commercials I have ever seen’. His Cannes winning Central Beheer commercial ‘Rio’ was named among the Shots ‘Most Inspirational TV Spots’ of 2014.

To view Trevor’s latest reel click on the image above.

Theo Delaney’s Love Letter To British Tennis

Theo Delaney returns to documentary with this short portrait of the remarkable Margaret Winnett of Andover Tennis Club. Commissioned by the Lawn Tennis Association to promote its annual volunteer awards, the film conveys the heartwarming community spirit that is engendered by the volunteer culture that permeates sport the length and breadth of the country. 

Theo started his career as a journalist and has always loved making documentaries especially sporting ones. He’s made films on Manchester United great Eric Cantona and the history of Tottenham Hotspur as well as the BTA Award winning series of humorous micro-documentaries for Coca Cola on the chairmen of lower league football clubs.

For this latest film he embedded his small, two-camera crew in the club over its annual finals weekend and by the time he left he’d ‘fallen in love with the place’.

Editors were The Assembly Room’s Simon Hargood and Joan Gill who cut a series of Instagram videos to run as part of the same campaign. The DP was Ben Butler, audio post was by Tom Heddy at Wave and the grade was by Vic Parker at Raised By Wolves.

To see the clips click the image above.

Animation Legend Chris Shepherd Joins Hotspur & Argyle

We are hugely excited to the announce the addition of multi-award winner Chris Shepherd to the Hotspur & Argyle roster. 

A major figure in British animation, Chris’s inspirational and eclectic work has featured across the BBC, Channel 4 and countless international TV stations as well as cinema and advertising. The sheer range of styles he has invented and continues to devise is prodigious.

His seminal and deliciously dark shorts ‘Dad’s Dead’, ‘Silence Is Golden’ and ‘The Ringer’ are acknowledged as pre-eminent examples of contemporary live action / animation hybrids and are but two titles in his ever-lengthening canon of seminal works.
Recent films include music videos for Reverend And The Makers, Holly Johnson and HecTA, the electronic project of Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner. Among works in progress are the eagerly anticipated sequel to ‘Dad’s Dead’ and a commercial collaboration with H&A’s Theo Delaney.

Click the image above to watch Chris’s Reel

Christian Holm-Glad Defines Deadpan in Lefdal Campaign

Massaging dildos, bowtie haircuts and obsessive compulsive price-hunters all feature in these bizarrely hilarious ads directed by Christian Holm-Gladfor for Scandinavian retail giant Lefdal.

Currently airing across Scandinavia, the ads are deadpan tributes to the technophobes, design-junkies, and pricehunters of the world and feature a perfectly pitched, off kilter performance from the Norwegian lead – a talent sourced from classical theatre.

Christian collaborated through pre-production with his friend Andreas Nilsson (director of the Jean-Claude Van Damme Volvo Splits film) to craft the campaign’s singular tone and the two helmed three films each.

Click the image above to watch the spots.


Hotspur & Argyle’s Kieron Hawkes directs ‘Not Safe for Work’

Kieron Hawkes, newly signed to the Hotspur & Argyle roster, is the director behind Channel 4′s outstanding new comedy drama “Not Safe for Work’ which aired this week to a buzz that verged on the cacophonous.

‘Not Safe for Work’ has already been compared to the seminal ‘This Life’ and ‘Peep Show’ by The Guardian. Set in a relocated government department in Northampton, the darkly comic show stars Zawe Ashton of ‘Fresh Meat’ fame battling the twisted bureaucracy and dysfunction of the civil service. (If you missed the first episode last Tuesday you can catch up on All4).

After starting as an editor, Kieron cut his directing teeth on Channel 4’s hilarious ‘The Mimic’ starring Terry Mynott and Neil Maskell. He made his first feature film, ‘Piggy’, in 2012 which, following its theatrical release, went on to be among the most popular on demand titles for Sky in 2013.

Since then he’s also directed the BBC’s hugely successful ‘Ripper Street’ garnering attention in America before taking charge of ‘Not Safe for Work’.

Chuffed Hotspur & Argyle supremo Danny Fleet says: ‘Kieron combines a deft touch for performance with considerable technical prowess so he’s perfect for commercials. We are euphoric to have got him’.

Click the image above to view Kieron’s reel.

Motor-Meister Emir Haveric Joins Hotspur & Argyle

Eminent car shooter Emir Haveric has joined Hotspur & Argyle. Emir was already one of the most sought after car photographers in the world before his unerring instinct for lighting, colour and composition led him, inevitably, to the moving image. He is already a favourite director of major car manufacturers thanks to stunning films for the likes of BMW and Volkswagen.

Born in Bosnia, Emir moved to Germany as a teenager with an ambition to be a fashion photographer. But after landing a job as a trainee at a large car photography studio, he became hooked on the complexity of car shoots and has now shot in every continent on earth several times over, including the North Pole.

His world class photographic skills are equalled by his considerable prowess with CGI and his work has been recognised at numerous awards ceremonies including Cannes, The One Show and The Art Directors Club.


Acclaimed director Christian Holm-Glad joins our roster

Celebrated Norwegian director Christian Holm-Glad has joined Hotspur & Argyle. He is renowned for an exquisite, atmospheric storytelling style evident in his Driving Safely Home For Christmas film which was recently featured as a shots Magazine contender.

Christian says: “I´ve always been inspired by UK music, fashion, literature and art so I am now very excited about joining the great minds at Hotspur & Argyle and mixing my Scandinavian flavour into the UK melting pot”.

In addition to his lauded advertising work, Christian boasts a formidable back catalogue in documentaries and music videos.

His film Sushi&Nuclear is currently in competition at the esteemed American Documentary Film Festival and his work has been nominated and selected for the Norwegian Short Film Festival (Chasing the world’s largest number), the UK MVA’s (Rhapsody – Seven Vibes), and many more.

You can watch Christian’s reel here.

Richard Swarbrick Hand Paints Animated Tribute to Cristiano Ronaldo

Richard Swarbrick hand painted every single frame of the animation in this beautiful new tribute to Ballon D’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo. He then packed twenty five sketchbooks’ worth of pictures into his suitcase and set off for Manchester United’s Old Trafford home where it all began for the great Portuguese playmaker before retracing his steps to the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium stadium in Madrid where Ronaldo now weaves his magic for Real Madrid. Accompanied by producer Tom Mallion (those are his hands), Richard shot stills of every illustration along the way,  cutting them together to produce the stunning tribute you can watch by clicking HERE. This is a companion piece to the Lionel Messi film Richard created for Adidas when the legendary Argentinian won his third Ballon D’Or in 2012.

Merry Christmas! (PLAY LOUD) x

This film made by insane genius Kevin Curtis