giffgaff makes APA 50 Collection

Absolutely delighted over here at Dark Energy that giffgaff "The Big Swim" made the APA 50 collection. A seamless Dark Energy/Like Minded Individuals production. Fantastic work everybody involved and especially to our wonderful director Sean Thompson. Fantastic creative by Who Wot Why, editing by John Mayes @ Marshall Street Editors, post by The Mill and sound by Wave Studios. Of course a big thanks also to the safest pair of hands and our good friend, producer Dominic Wilcox.


International Kissing Day - Riot Of Emotions

Thursday 6th July marks International Kissing Day. #GetSnogging is a film-based project to celebrate International Kissing Day and to spread a whole lot of love in these testing times. The film launched on 6th July 2017 and was cut by Lizzy Graham of Marshall Street Editors, with an original track composed by Eleni Hassabis.

The film featured sections from Trevor Melvin's "Riot" film, shot exclusively for this project. Very proud to have been a part of this. #GetSnogging

Ballet United "Changing Attitudes" Directed By Trevor Melvin

Absolutely delighted to have been involved with this beautiful film "Changing Attitudes", directed by Trevor Melvin.

Ballet is too often assumed to be a privileged art form with little relevance to today’s society, particularly in the eyes of the younger generations. The brief was to engage, involve and inspire a younger and more diverse public. "Changing Attitudes" aims to show young people the power and relevance of dance whilst also shining a light on the next generation of dancers.

The film has also been nominated for VOTD's Video of the Day! Please follow this link and vote for it!

Look Good, Do Good, Be A Legend!

Here is a film we produced, directed by the wonderful Luke Forsythe for Teenage Cancer Trust. Fronted by Russell Brand, it marks the launch of the charity’s partnership with the Virgin Money London Marathon.

Teenage Cancer Trust has today launched ‘Look Good, Do Good, Be a Legend’, a video that parodies the way we present ourselves in the social media age and playfully lampoons traditional charity fundraising campaigns.

In a world in which recognition on social media is everything, Russell Brand lampoons our desire for self-promotion and asserts that running the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon for the charity means you can “look good whilst doing good” by filling your social media feeds with “images of yourself training and looking fit”. 

The tongue in cheek video, devised on a pro bono basis by creative agency McCann London, satirises the familiar norms of charity films by exploring our motivations for sharing our lives online, which research suggests are “grounded in very basic human motives and human motivations of creating positive relationships with other people”.

Teenage Cancer Trust is using the video as the launch pad for its charity of the year partnership with the Virgin Money London Marathon, which aims to raise £1.5m for young people with cancer. The theme for the partnership is ‘Be a Legend’ and the campaign will mobilise a team of legendary supporters to run or volunteer in the iconic event in 2018.     

Currently, for every young person aged 13-24 Teenage Cancer Trust supports, there’s another they can’t. But the charity has an ambitious plan to roll out a revolutionary outreach nursing and support programme that will ensure specialist nurses can reach young people with cancer no matter where they live, be that in their local hospital or even in their homes.

Kate Collins, Director of Fundraising and Marketing, at Teenage Cancer Trust, said: “We’re delighted to be launching our important partnership with Virgin Money London Marathon 2018 with a film that has a cheeky tone but a serious message. Huge thanks to Chris, a young man who is currently going through treatment for cancer, and our long-term supporter Russell Brand for teaming up to make the film.”

“We need hundreds of people to ‘Be a Legend’ and run or volunteer for Teenage Cancer Trust in the Virgin Money London Marathon 2018, so we can make sure that no young person faces cancer alone.”

“Every penny raised will make our vital work possible – and we can’t wait to see legends from across the UK gather in support of young people with cancer in the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon.”

Chris, 20, who is currently being treated at the Teenage Cancer Trust hub in the UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre, said: “It was an incredible experience to be involved with the video. I was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in January this year and the charity has been so supportive of me from the off. I study filmmaking and they have absolutely amazing facilities at the hub that have made it easy for me to get on with my studies when in treatment. Aside from that, the nurses are genuinely sensational. I could not feel in better hands.”

To join Teenage Cancer Trust’s legendary team of supporters and help them reach every young person with cancer, visit and sign up to run or volunteer in 2018.

Sean Thompson Directs New giffgaff Campaign and Takes Us for a Big Swim

Check out our new giffgaff film "The Big Swim" written by Ben Walker, Matt Gooden and Sean Thompson of Who Wot Why, directed by Sean Thompson and produced through Dark Energy. A 90 second Opus. Thanks to Tim Maurice-Jones for amazing cinematography, John Mayes @ Marshall Street Editors for technical wizardry and brilliant editing, a fantastic grade by James Banford @ The Mill and incredible VFX by The Mill. A special thanks to giffgaff for being such a wonderful and open minded client and thanks also to the ever great Tracy Stokes of Like Minded Individuals for superb agency producing.

Could this be one of the ads of the year?  More About Advertising certainly thinks so.  You can see all of the press so far below and read the 5 star David Reviews article.

Lynx "Boys Don't Cry" wins 3 awards at the 2017 Brand Film Festival London

David Stoddart's "Boys Don't Cry" episode from his Lynx series "Men In Progress" picks up three awards at this year's Campaign Brand Film Festival London.  It wins the "Best of the Best" and "Gold" in the Issues and Crisis Management category and "Bronze" in the Emotive Film category. 

"I like this ‘honesty’ approach to film-making – certainly feels current and is engrossing. Real, authentic and beautifully filmed content dispelling myth and displaying human truth. Great strategy for Lynx to align to ‘real men’. Best set of videos in the bunch."

Lynx / Men In Progress - Boys Don't Cry

The final instalment of David Stoddart's Men In Progress series for Lynx is here. This episode is titled "Boys Don't Cry" and it's a bit of an emotional one. The film features Rossvale footballer Bobby Petta, former player for Celtic, Fulham and Bradford City. Also reappearing in this episode is current IBF Heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua, alongside our host of fantastic and insightful contributors. Get the tissues out for this one.

Dark Energy Signs Award Winning Ben Stevenson

Dark Energy signs award winning Director Ben Stevenson! Ben studied filmmaking and design at Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art. His films have been screened at Cannes, the British Museum and BFI; his latest short documentary “The Third Column” is now screening at festivals internationally has been selected as a finalist in the Arte Laguna Prize in Venice.

Ben has directed commercials for clients including Tesco, Mulberry, and Naim Audio; his film for Parker Dairies “Deliveries Before Dawn” won a Kinsale Shark and Silver British Arrow in 2016. His recent work for Tesco includes “The Bread Perfectionists” and “The Cheese Fortune Tellers” with more in the pipeline to come.

Filming has taken Ben around the world from West Africa where he shot a documentary as he drove a vintage car from Dakar to Lagos through to Lebanon filming for a charity as they relocated 150 Syrian refugees to Poland and numerous other international locations.

Ben also has experience in startups, running a film based Augmented Reality software company from 2011-2013, during this time he was shortlisted in the Hospital Club's 'Hot 100' and was one of Founders Forum's 'Rising Stars USA’.

Watch Ben's award winning "Deliveries Before Dawn" film below!