Blackcurrant Tango’s ’St George’ has once again taken top honours
at an awards ceremony - this time at the British Television Advertising
Craft Awards, where it topped five out of a total 20 categories.
The spot won best crafted ad of the year, best direction (Colin Gregg at
Eclipse), best casting (Danielle Roffe and Carl Proctor), best
performance by an actor (Ray Gardner) and best camera operator (Trevor
Coop and Adam Dale).
Peter Bigg, the organiser of the awards, said: ’Blackcurrant Tango has
proved that a wide range of excellent production crafts brought to bear
on a strong idea can be successful in most competitions for which it’s
In the remaining categories, M&C Saatchi’s ’X-ray’ spot for PPP
Healthcare was the only other multiple award-winner, taking the prize
for best video post production, best re-recorded music and best computer
Pat Holden won the coveted best new director award for his ’fisherman’
commercial for Halifax, which he directed through Blink Productions.
Holden has since moved, with his producer Stephen Gash, to Stark
The inaugural BTAC awards were held last October. This year’s ceremony
was held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel. The judges included John Webster,
executive creative director of BMP DDB, Chris Palmer, a director and
founder of Gorgeous Enterprises, the film directors, Hugh Johnson and
Alan Parker, and the make-up artist, Barbara Daly.
Other winners include Pirelli’s ’goddess’ for live action special
effects, Smirnoff’s ’smarienberg’ for best editing and Daewoo ’headache’
for best model making.