Irn-Bru ‘Fanny’ ad reaches 3 million hits on YouTube

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If you ever hear people refer to me as Fanny it’s (hopefully) because of this ad. It’s probably the most popular ad that I’ll ever get to direct, and I’m chuffed to see that it keeps getting the hits.

And along with the two other ads from that campaign (‘Mum’ and ‘New Fella’) that makes a combined total of over 7 million views. Jeezy peeps indeed.

EIFF Talent Lab


Back when I had a real job I used my holidays to go to the EIFF and cram in up to 5 films a day. Yes, I was single then.

So I’m really looking forward to being part of the Talent Lab at the festival this year. Not only to meet the other filmmakers and to get pointers on my script and career from established pros, but I also get a festival pass to all the screenings, so *relationship status spoiler alert*….5 films a day here I come.

The Roses Creative Awards

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Off to Manchester tomorrow in the hope that Irn-Bru can pick up some more gongs at The Roses Creative Awards,

They’re up for Best TV/Cinema campaign, and Mum & New Fella have been individually nominated for best TV/Cinema commercial over 21 seconds.

Will let you know if they win. Will probably talk about property prices or the weather if they don’t


We picked up a silver for best campaign. And ‘Mum’ won a silver for best TV/Cinema ad.

They’re somewhere in amongst this lot (photo courtesy of Jim Swan).

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The Stash @ Short Sighted Cinema

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Big fan of the Ritzy cinema so it’s nice to have one of my shorts showing there. It’s at the impeccably programmed Short Sighted Cinema on Tuesday the 22nd of April @ 19:30. Full details can be seen here.

Highlights include the brilliant ‘Notes on Blindness’ by Peter Middleton & James Spinney.

Plus a Q & A with all the film makers including yours truly taking to everyone verryyy veerrrryyyyy ssslllloooowwwwlllllyyyy for those who don’t speak Scottish.

The Stash & Sexy Beast @FilmNightsLDN

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Said it before, and I’ll say it again….Yaya Touré* is also what posh people say when asked if they vote Conservative.

Anyway, I also say this a lot…just before feature films is the best place to show short films. And I’m looking forward to The Stash being shown before Jonathan Glazer’s gangster opus ‘Sexy Beast’ tonight at Film Nights in Kentish Town.

Full details can be seen here.

*He’s a footballer Mum, plays for Man City.