The renowned directing duo, the Douglas Brothers, are to split up,
but will stay at D-Films working as separate directors.
The two will be listed as Andrew Douglas and Stuart Douglas at D-Films
and credited separately, although they will continue to work together as
a duo on photographic commissions.
The brothers began directing commercials in 1986 and went on to be
signed up in 1992 by the then Delaney and Hart. When Hart left in 1994,
the brothers became equal partners in D-Films with Simon Delaney.
Stuart Douglas is adamant that the split is not in the same acrimonious
vein as those of other directing duos who parted last year. ’This is a
positive move. We want to develop a more flexible partnership that still
allows for collaboration on future projects. What is really cool about
the new arrangement is that it allows us to continue to work together at
an early, conceptual stage,’ he said.
As directors, they have won a number of awards for their Adidas
commercials including two BTVA silvers last year for a series of six
Adidas commercials and for the ’Ali’ film. They recently directed the
’Naseem’ Adidas commercial through Leagas Delaney, and a 90-second spot
for Glenfiddich at the end of 1996.
As a photography duo, they won a gold for Best Individual Poster at the
Campaign poster awards in 1996 for the Silk Cut ’cheese-grater’ poster
through M&C Saatchi. The poster also picked up four silvers, including
one for best use of photography.
Caspar Delaney will continue to produce for the brothers, alongside Tim
Nunn, who joined after working for different directors on a freelance
basis for two-and-a-half years.