Vodafone Ireland spreads the love this Christmas in touching campaign

The work, by Grey London, shows the opportunities of better connectivity in rural areas

By Creative Salon

Vodafone Ireland’s Christmas campaign tells the story of a young farmer who pines for his old neighbour who has moved abroad and only comes back at Christmas.

Played out across several Christmases, the film highlights the pair’s growing closeness, the sadness of their New Year goodbyes, and the trials of being apart over the intervening months.

A happy ending twist comes when the young woman decides to return full-time, in-part thanks to Vodafone and it’s growing mobile and fixed networks, to open a business.

The idea is inspired by the fact that migration from rural to urban areas in search of advancement and opportunity is now commonplace in modern Ireland. The creative also seeks inspiration from the traditional pilgrimage home for Christmas to see family and friends.

The spot is designed to showcase a realistic Irish experience: a local farmer was on set to advise on key scenes, the custom dog whistle was made by a local jeweller and the Wren Boys – an Irish tradition where people dress in straw masks and suits on December 26th – was overseen by the local Wren society.

Niall Reynolds, Vodafone Ireland marketing manager, said: “This year’s Vodafone Ireland Christmas ad captures the growing feeling and reality that rural Ireland has begun a period of regeneration. With remote working a reality off the back of the necessities of the pandemic period and the quickening pace of Vodafone Ireland’s mobile and fibre broadband infrastructure expansion, more and more people are moving closer to loved ones and closer to where they want to call home.”

Pedro Rosa and Roberto Kilciauskas, group creative directors from Grey London, added: “As expats, we’re sure that this story has universal appeal and will speak to the hearts of anyone that lives abroad or who has the opportunity to only visit their hometowns once a year, for just a few days before having to say goodbye again. That bittersweet feeling is always the beginning of a thought that every now and then can pop in one’s mind: 'what if I stayed this time? What if I didn't go back after Christmas?’”.

The TV commercial breaks on 22nd November 2021 and is supplemented by VOD, online content, social and OOH.

CREDITS

CLIENT: VODAFONE IRELAND

Head of Consumer Brand: ORLA NAGLE

Marketing Manager : NIALL REYNOLDS

Advertising Comms Lead: ROBIN PRENDERGAST

Brand Manager: JANE LAWRENCE

AGENCY:GREY

President & CCO: LAURA JORDAN BAMBACH

Group Creative Directors: ROBERTO KILCIAUSKAS & PEDRO ROSA

Creative: JESSE LITTLE

CSO: RAQUEL CHICOUREL

Planners: FIONA KEYTE & THOMAS BUNNELL

Managing Partner: NATHAN GAINFORD

Group Business Director: AYESHA DATOO

Account Director: GENEVIEVE JAYASEKERA

Account Manager: CLYDE HURST

Account Executive: NATASHA MEISEL

Agency Senior Producer: LUCY EDWARDS

Agency Assistant Producer: NANA DUNCAN

PRODUCTION COMPANY: ACADEMY

Production Company Producer: JULIETTE HARRIS

Production Company Executive Producer: MEDB RIORDAN

Director: US

D.O.P: MOLLY MANNING WALKER

Production Design: DEREK WALLACE

Post Producer: DAN KREEGER @ TBA

Editor: STEPHEN DUNNE @TENTHREE

Colourist: SIMONE GRATTAROLA @ TBA

Executive Post Producer: AMY RICHARDSON @ BLACK KITE

Music Supervisor: NICK PAYNE & JEREMY NEWTON @ SIXTY-FOUR MUSIC

Lead Sound Engineer: SAM ASHWELL @ 750MPH

Sound Engineer: MIKE BOVILL @ 750MPH

Post Sound Producer: KIRSTEN TROY @ 750MPH

VFX Artist: NINA MOSAND

Composer: JEREMY BIRCHALL

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