Ad Nut
Mar 24, 2021

Life is a wild ride, so you need a

A new campaign for Australia's Westpac by DDB Sydney combines the work of four different directors to paint a somewhat surreal montage of life's eventful moments.

Life is a weird and sometimes wild journey, especially as depicted in this new campaign for Australian bank Westpac by DDB Sydney.

The film blends the work of four "up-and-coming" directors, Stefan Hunt, Danny Cohen, Shelly Lauman and Billie Pleffer, working under the guidance of Lion director, Garth Davis. The result is a fast-moving mix of styles, from simple to surreal, presented in a melange of formats, including animation and SFX. Overall it succeeds in building up a picture of the ups and downs of life on this planet. 

The work aims, according to the agency, to have a broad appeal and create a closer connection with younger Australians, thanks to a bolder colour pallete, animation, and new tone of voice. The national campaign includes TV, print, digital, out of home and social.

Ad Nut appreciates the nice visuals but is less convinced that the tagline, 'That's why we help', is a great one. It seems a bit meh—unlikely to make any lasting impression. Of course, any tagline needs to be embedded through repetition and tied to a really good service offering to really make a difference, so time will tell.


Creative: DDB Sydney
Production: Exit Films
Edit: The Editors
Postproduction: ALT VFX
Sound: Sonar
Music Supervision: Level Two
Media: Spark Foundry
PR: Finchco Agency
Design: Interbrand

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