Grey London’s new campaign for Aunt Bessie’s Yorkshire Puddings shows how ‘Caring is the hardest thing we do’

Grey London’s new campaign for Aunt Bessie’s Yorkshire Puddings shows how ‘Caring is the hardest thing we do’

A campaign by GREY

An emotive new ad for Aunt Bessie’s Yorkshire Puddings has launched. The ad was created by Grey London.

The flagship TV ad, directed by Tom Green, is inspired by a true story – that of June, the much-loved nan of creative director Chris Clarke. June was certified blind at 16 and yet cared for her entire family, always providing a stand-out Sunday roast without missing a beat.

The film shows multiple generations enjoying time together, playing games, talking, laughing, and squabbling before they sit down together for a family meal cooked by a proud, blind nan – just as Chris’s grandmother would do.

Both agency and client were passionate about delivering a truly authentic film and retaining the integrity of what was so special about Chris’s nan. 

For this reason, Julie Bennett, a genuinely blind grandma, with no prior acting experience, was cast in the lead role. Julie spent just half a day on set familiarising herself with it before the shoot itself.

Chris Clarke, Creative Director from Grey said: “We all know someone who cares, no matter what. For me, it was my Nanna June. A legend in every sense of the word. This platform celebrates her, and all those other wonderful people who simply can’t help but care. Those people who bring the family together every Sunday, with roast beef and Aunt Bessie’s Yorkshires."

Sarah Koppens, Marketing Director at Birds Eye UK said: “We had a sense of how special this story was from the moment Chris and Matt presented it in mid-February. Given everything that has happened since that time, the sentiment captured within the ad couldn’t be more relevant. Caring for others is a fundamental way in which we connect and demonstrate our love – but that’s not to say it’s always easy to do. We were thrilled that Tom (Green) wanted to work with us, celebrating the human truth in the story and doing such a beautiful of shining a light on it.”

Credits

Client: Aunt Bessie’s (Nomad Foods)
Marketing Director: UK Sarah Koppens
Head of Brand: Sam Dolan
Creative Agency: Grey London
Creative Chairman: Javier Campopiano
Chief Creative Officer: Laura Jordan Bambach
Creative Directors: Matt Moreland and Chris Clarke
Copywriters: Chris Clarke, Matt Moreland, Jesse Little
Art Director: Chris Clarke
Strategic Planners: Bhavin Pabari, Daniel Sherrard, Gilliam Caldwell-Dunn
Business Lead: Agi Varanyi
Business Director: Charlotte Coughlan
Account Director: Natasha Thomas
Account Manager: Harriet Giles
Agency Production: Hogarth Worldwide
Agency Producer: Eira Ellis and Greg Smyth
Production Company: Stink Films
Production Company Producer: Molly Pope
Director: Tom Green
D.O.P: James Laxton
Production Design: Catrin Meredydd
Offline Producer: Noreen Khan
Editor: James Forbes-Robertson
Colourist: Ben Rogers
Post Producer: Claire Lifford
VFX Artist: Owen Maiden
Composer: Samuel Karl Bohn
Music Supervisor: Jeremy Newton
Artist Management: Hummingbird Music
Lead Sound Engineer: Zak Kurtha
Sound Engineer: Zak Kurtha
Post Sound Producer: Claire Lifford

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