DAVID reviews

3 December 2017

Air New Zealand: Mirry Christmus

by Syd Briscoe


Air New Zealand: “A Very Merry Mistake” - 2 mins 47s

Santa mixes up his present orders in this highly amusing ad for Air New Zealand. Putting the Kiwi accent on trial, the film displays a wonderfully self-deprecating sense of humour as children ring the man in red to place their gift requests... only for things to get a bit lost in translation.

The comedy is spot on here, as each punchline builds on the last. There are some lovely performances - especially the elf struggling to react to the increasingly strange presents. Having a Scottish elf burst in to complain about the orders is a smart choice, showing solidarity with other routinely misunderstood accents.

Air New Zealand are known for their wacky ads (their Middle Earth in-flight safety video went viral back in 2013), and this one definitely earns its place among them. Fun stuff.


Director: Alex Roberts Ⓦ (repped in the UK by Agile Films Ⓦ)
Cinematography: Tim Tregoning
Production Design: Bruce Everard
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