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Land Rover Revisits Canadians’ Epic Journey for 70th Anniversary Celebration


Land Rover is celebrating its 70th anniversary by revisiting an epic around-the-world road trip taken by two Canadians, one of whom would become the country’s foremost nature painter, more than 60 years ago.

The campaign’s centrepiece is a stirring three-minute video produced by Wonder Screen for Spark44. Directed and edited by Reilly Saso, the short film chronicles the epic 1957 journey taken by renowned Canadian artist and naturalist Robert Bateman and biologist/ecologist Bristol Foster in a custom-built Land Rover Series 1, nicknamed the “Grizzly Torque.”



The video combines modern day footage of Bateman and Foster inside the restored Grizzly Torque – which was rescued from a scrap yard in the B.C. interior several years ago – with archival footage captured by Foster on their 60,000-kilometre journey through 19 countries on four continents, including Africa and Australia.

“We wanted to share this remarkable adventure to inspire the next generation of Canadian explorers,” says John Bastawrous, social media strategist, Spark44. “Their entire journey, and the spirit they embodied throughout, truly epitomizes what Land Rover stands for.”

“Bristol’s incredible archival footage really set the bar visually for this film,” says Saso. “The way he captured the people and places they encountered along the way was quite masterful. We wanted to capture our subjects with the same depth and respect, and lucky for us we had beautiful Salt Spring Island as our backdrop.”

The video demonstrates Land Rover’s unmatched all-terrain capabilities, with clips showing it navigating everything from mud and desert to dirt roads. While Land Rover Canada has posted several videos featuring individuals who used the legendary off-road vehicle on expeditions, this is the first to feature Canadians. It is appearing on YouTube and other social media channels.

“This story was eclipsed only by the storytellers themselves,” adds Saso, who spent three days with the Batemans while filming. “What a journey, and what an honour to have been able to relive it with them.”

Bateman would later become famous as one of Canada’s pre-eminent naturalist painters, named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1984, while Foster would go on to head the Royal B.C. Museum. He is also known for originating Foster’s Rule, or the Island Rule, which states that members of a species get smaller or bigger depending on available resources in their environment.



About Spark44:
Spark44 is a joint Global venture between JLR and agency management, dedicated to the Jaguar and Land Rover brand. We’re not an in-house agency but an independent creative agency with our own culture driving results. Together.

About Wonder Screen:
Wonder Screen is a true full-service production studio. That means we provide service with greater efficiency, accountability and affordability than traditional production shops. Our passion is creating compelling content that will help you connect with your audience. And like any good storyteller, we are committed to telling it well.


Credits:
Client: Jaguar Land Rover
President: Wolfgang Hoffmann
Director, Marketing and Product Planning: Jeff Peel
Land Rover Marketing Communications Manager: Kitty Luu

Agency: Spark44
Business Director: Karen Hyman
Art Director: Peter Buck
Copywriter: Matt Page
Account Supervisor: Laura Anderson
Social Media Strategist: John Bastawrous
Agency Producer: Idowu Aluko
Matt Page - Copywriter
Peter Buck - Art Director

Production Company: Wonder Screen Inc.
Director: Reilly Saso
Executive Producer: Chelsea Hulme
Line Producer: Scott Jewett, Anthill Films
Director of Photography: Brandon Kelly, Anthill Films
Editor: Reilly Saso
Audio Engineer: Eric Hulme

Post Production Facility: Redlab Digital
Colourist: Jason Zukowski
Producer: Pallavi Joshi-Firby

Executive Producer: Laurie Kerr Jones

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Co-op Insurance has launched a social media brand campaign created in partnership with award-winning creative agency, PSONA Twelve, titled ‘For Life’s Adventures’.

The campaign was designed to challenge the existing negative tone of many insurance adverts and instead celebrates the wonderful, positive adventures in life that insurance enables us to do.

The centrepiece of the advert is a unique branded podium featuring a button labelled ‘press for adventure’. The adverts show curious pedestrians walking towards the flashing sign before receiving cards with a suggested adventure on it: a little girl is encouraged to give a+ gift, a woman dances with a hula hoop, and a holiday-goer is challenged to pack a suitcase as quickly as possible.

The work advertises Co-op Insurance’s full range of services including Travel, Car, Pet, Life and Home, each scenario reflecting that the company is there to take care of customers as they embark on their life’s adventures, big and small.

Neame Ingram, Creative Director at PSONA Twelve, said: “When it comes to insurance, most brands typically sell it on price, prangs and peace of mind. We wanted to take a different approach that brought people’s minds back to fun and away from seeing buying insurance as mundane or complex.”

Chris Twigg, Head of Digital added: “We wanted PSONA Twelve to deliver a campaign that fit with the persona and voice of the wider Co-op Group: friendly, helpful, and community-focused. Their work has achieved this brilliantly and illustrates that insurance doesn’t have to be something to be afraid of.”

The campaign launches on the 18th April for one month across social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Stories).

The podium that has been created will also be used at events throughout the UK, allowing Co-op Insurance to maximise value of the campaign.

Credits:
Title/Project: Co-op Insurance: For Life’s Adventures
Agency: Psona Twelve / Twelve
Agency contact: Kate Knight
Agency contact job title: Group Account Director
Client name: Debbie Aspery
Client job title: Social Media & SEO Specialist

Client name: Anna Morley
Client job title: Digital Engagement Lead
Creative Director: Neame Ingram
Creative team: Dave Paul & Natascha Davis
Planner / CSU director: Pierce Calnan
Exposure: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

About Co-op Insurance:
Co-op Insurance is part of the Co-op, one of the world’s largest consumer co-ops, owned by millions of members. Alongside Co-op Insurance, we have the UK’s fifth biggest food retailer, the UK’s number one funeral services provider, and a developing legal services business.
As well as having clear financial and operational objectives, the Co-op is a recognised leader for its social goals and community-led programmes.

About Twelve:
It’s in our people and our work.
People who do more: experts in every area, whose energy and ideas spill into every other area.
Work that works harder: advertising that creates action, experiential that makes headlines, shopper that builds brands, B2B that touches people and social that sells. Ideas that do a lot, sometimes with not a lot: without huge budgets or lots of time. We think that matters, especially now.
For more information go to: https://www.twelve.agency/

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