Hotspur and Argyle

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

BL:ND create an interactive stunner for Coldplay’s latest single

Coldplay have just premiered their groundbreaking new video for ‘Ink’. Directed and animated by our animation collective BL:ND, fans can plot their own storyline through the interactive tale about a lost traveller who journeys to the edges of the world in search of his lost love. Viewers can make real time choices throughout the video, altering its outcome – with more than 300 possible journeys available. BL:ND conceived the video and worked directly with the band and used proprietary software built by interactive video specialists Interlude.

Click the image above to see the video.

For enquiries on BL:ND’s availability please contact

The Post Office’s Star Studded Christmas Campaign by David Kerr

Robert Webb stars as the larger-than-life ‘Minister of Christmas’ in David Kerr’s new campaign for the post office. Accompanied by the insouciant ‘Doobie’, his mini-me dachshund sidekick, the minister sets about helping Pixie Lott, Jim Carter, Amanda Holden and Gino D’Acampo get their Christmas preparation under control in a hive of jolly yuletide activity. Staff from across the Post Office’s 11,500 branch network also appear in the ads which highlight an extended range of services now on offer.

Dubbed ‘Get Christmas all Wrapped Up’, the campaign was created by FCB Inferno (CD Colin Mitchell, Copywriter Ali Dickinson and Art Director Jack Walker) and marks the first time the Post Office has advertised on TV at Christmas in five years.

Philipp Blaubach was DP and production design was by Jonathan Lee.

The Playroom’s Adam Spivey edited, post was done at Unit and colourist was Aubrey Woodiwiss at Electric Theatre. The campaign was produced by Victoria Lynn at Hotspur & Argyle and Mandy Boyter took charge for FCB Inferno.

Click the image above to see the first of the campaign’s three spots.



Isaac The Bull Sacked in Theo Delaney’s Quotezone Spot

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A one ton Gloucester bull called Isaac co-stars in Theo Delaney’s new Quotezone commercial for agency Red Brick Road. Isaac plays the part of Bill, the hapless bovine employee who is reluctantly ‘let go’ by his boss – played by Matthew Houlihan – because Quotezone is all about price comparison ‘without the… you know’. Shot in sunny Barnet, Isaac was provided by legendary animal coordinator Trevor Smith who advised no sudden movements or noises around the beast. In the event the shoot passed without incident apart from a moment of panic from a camera assistant (we won’t name him) who tried to escape through a plate glass partition when Isaac looked at him funny. Red Brick Road creatives were Matt Davis, Richard Megson and Tom Skinner and agency producer was James Tracy. Victoria Lynn produced for H&A, production designer was Toby Stevens and the spot was lit by Ben Butler and edited by Rebecca Luff of Tenthree.