British Rail 'relax' by Saatchi & Saatchi

By John Tylee, Campaign Work, Tuesday, 29 March 1988 02:33PM

The highly acclaimed - and much awarded - 'relax" spot for British Rail's Intercity services, remains a testament to Charles Saatchi's intuitive feel for the right juxtaposition of words and pictures.

It all came together perfectly in this commercial which united the seemingly dissonant elements.

A chess-playing Hassidic Jew – a familiar touch from the eccentric but indulged director Tony Kaye – blended with a soundtrack of redneck blues, discovered by the then Saatchi & Saatchi senior creative Tim Mellors while on a shoot in Texas.

Beautifully shot in sepia monochrome, everything in the film combines to create a languorous mood.

Alas, the advertising failed to match the product with passengers complaining that the commercial bore little resemblance to their own experiences of travelling on BR.

This article was first published on Campaign Work


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