A Train Journey Turns Into A Love Story In A Charming Xmas Ad For The National Lottery
Created by adam&eveDDB, the ‘Christmas Love Story’ campaign has been directed by Oscar-winner Tom Hooper
18 November 2022
The National Lottery is inviting the whole nation to come together and imagine the joy of winning big this festive season, with an integrated campaign created by adam&eveDDB for National Lottery operator Camelot.
The launch ad, ‘Christmas Love Story’ directed by Oscar-winner Tom Hooper, breaks this Sunday (20 November). The ad is set to a new arrangement of George Michael’s ‘Faith,’ performed by artist Sleeping At Last. The full length, three-and-a-half minute commercial will appear in cinemas, with cutdowns appearing online and on TV.
The ad begins with a chance encounter between two people who meet on a train and hastily exchange a phone number on the back of a National Lottery ticket. When the girl realises the number is smudged, we are left willing the pair to come back together. With the news of an unclaimed winning lottery ticket, the tension mounts. Ultimately, the couple reunite, lucky in love and the lottery, making this Christmas a truly magical one. The ad encourages the public to take a chance and believe in the magic of hope and possibility this Christmas.
The ad brings Tom Hooper, director of The King’s Speech and Les Misérables, and the National Lottery full circle – as the film for which he won his best director Oscar, The King’s Speech, received National Lottery Good Cause funding through the British Film Institute.
The ‘Christmas Love Story’ film is supported by a fully integrated multi-media channel campaign, including a real life experience that invites the public to get involved. Special photo booths, placed at chosen train stations across the UK, will invite passers by to have their photo taken and see it projected on nearby digital OOH space.
Camelot executive director, Matt Ridsdale,said: “The National Lottery is a uniting force for good in the UK – with players raising over £30 million every week for Good Causes. This latest campaign is all about The National Lottery’s ambition to bring people together. It also taps into the feelings of hope and possibility that we collectively experience at Christmas, showing that it’s always worth taking a chance to win big.”
Ben Tollett, group executive creative director, adam&eveDDB said: “At a time when the nation needs some magic in the air, we wanted to create a larger than life story about the lottery and true love – two games of chance that make the perfect subject for a Christmas romantic comedy.”
In addition to TV and digital OOH, the campaign will run across social, radio, OOH, retail, press and will be complemented by integrated creative for all individual Lotto, EuroMillions and festive Scratchcards games.
To enable people to come together with their friends and family this Christmas, The National Lottery will also be launching a unique offer for players as part of the campaign. More details will become available soon on how players will be able to access a special experience for free this Christmas.
Brand: The National Lottery
Client: Executive Director - Matt Ridsdale;
Head of Marketing Communication - Anna McInally;
Marketing Manager - Sophie Morgan;
Brand Manager - Lauren Pinkus;
Brand Manager - Jayna Bacchus;
Assistant Brand Manager - Lucie Pelaez;
Campaign Planning Manager - Natalie Littlechild
Group Executive Creative Director: Ben Tollett
Chief Creative Officer: Richard Brim
Creatives: Forrest Clancy; Jay Parekh
Agency producers: Nikki Cramphorn; Tristan Baker
CEO: Tammy Einav
Managing Partner: Sam LeCoeur
Business Director: Fay Taylor
Account Director: Tejen Shah
Account Managers: Zahra Ahmed
Global planning partner: Heather Alderson
Planning directors: Stuart Williams, Róisín Mulroney
Senior project manager: Amy Waldman
Project manager: Caitlin Fletcher
Designer: Scott Silvey
Agency legal counsel: Tom Campbell
Media agency: Dentsu
Media planners: Niall McEvoy; Dominic Sadler; Sarah Francis
Production company: Smuggler
Director: Tom Hooper
Executive Producer: Fergus Brown
Producer: Nick Sutherland-Dodd
Cinematographer: Steve Annis
Casting: Dan Hubbard Casting & Beast Casting
Editing Company: The Whitehouse
Editor: Russell Icke
Editor Asst: Steven Waltham
Post Production: Framestore
Post Producer Alexia Paterson
VFX Supervisor: Pedro Sabrosa
2D Supervisor: Ben Taylor
Colourist: Simon Bourne @ Company 3
Music Written / Composed by George Michael
Arranged & Performed by Sleeping At Last
Additional Orchestration: Chris White
Produced & Supervised by Siân Rogers @ SIREN
Label: Music Alternatives
Audio Post Production: Sam Ashwell @ 750