DAVID reviews

6 December 2017

Iceland: Turkey?

by Jason Stone


Iceland: “Turkey” - 30s

It's difficult to stand out at Christmas and with 99% of clients pointing at the John Lewis showreel and asking their agency to reproduce something on it, it's incredibly hard to steer away from sentimentality... but Iceland has found a way.

At December's CraftWorks, DAVID asked Anna Carpen, Paul Burke and Lyndy Stout to take part in Strictly Come Christmas... instant analysis and marks out of ten for a dozen of this year's seasonal offerings. This Iceland commercial edged out the BBC's wonderful animated film by a single point and - more impressively - prompted an audience reaction to die for.

The heavy-handedness is perfectly judged as we witness the subversion of a familiar Christmas scene which - crucially - has been executed in a fashion which feels certain to ensure turkeys will fly from the retailers shelves.


Creative Agency: Karmarama Ⓦ
CCO: Nik Studzinski
ECD: Richard Connell / Brian Williams Ⓟ Ⓦ / Adam Keane
Creative Director: Dave Westland
Creative: Danny Pattison / Aoife McCleary
Account Director: Katie Shields
Account Manager: Siena Shuttler
Account Executive: Josh Clarke
Business Team: Neil Noronha
Planner: Claire Taylor
TV Producer: Natalie Spooner
Film Production: Kream
Director: Dave Westland / Jon Harvey
Producer: Debbie Impett
1st AD: James Amos
Cinematography: Matt Fox
Production Design: Lucy Fewell
Editor: Sarah Scott
VFX: Kream
Grade: MPC Ⓦ
Sound Designer: Ben Gulvin @ 750MPH
Music Supervision: Adelphoi
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