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The Immortal Awards

My Most Immortal Ad: Jen Speirs

The Immortal Awards juror and executive creative director at Rothco on a rather large beer commercial

My Most Immortal Ad: Jen Speirs

In the run-up to this year’s Immortal Awards, our jurors will each select an ad that they believe deserves the title of Immortal. Jen Speirs, executive creative director at Rothco, is next up in the series with a multi-award winning, rather large alcohol ad...

Carlton Draught "Big Ad" (GPY&R Melbourne, 2005)


This is a sentence I’ve rarely used… “I can remember exactly where I was when I first saw that ad.” But in the case of The Big Ad, I absolutely can. And having just watched it several times again, I still find it hilarious. The fence. The spirit fingers as the guy dances his way down the “oesophagus”. The lyrics. But beyond that, to do something so epic, and so big – just to laugh at how ridiculously big and self-important the beer category had become – is smart-arsery at its very best.

To me, that tone of voice is what makes The Big Ad immortal. I think that it, and the whole unpretentious ‘Made from Beer’ positioning, would be just as refreshing if it was released today. It’s just fun. And while there are many things we do and should take seriously, beer advertising isn’t one of them.


Entries are now open for The Immortal Awards. Little Black Book members have up to five free entries (depending on their membership). The deadline to enter is September 9th. Members should visit the submissions page to complete their entries, whilst non-members can join LBB here.
 
A huge thank you to our wonderful Immortal Awards partners: FramestoreGemini People23/32 FilmsGlobal Production NetworkGramercy Park StudiosPeachUNITCHEATCinelab LondonPull The Trigger and Saga Film.
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