Rex Wrecks Dinner! It Must Be Puppy Love...

Roses are red, violets are blue, new work from Trevor Melvin, that he shot for you (and Sainsbury's of course). The film follows the story of beloved pooch Barley in a Valentine’s tale of jealousy, revenge and forgiveness.

We see Barley the dog as he is neglected by his owner who is caught up in the preparation of a Valentine’s day date. Only to have Barley reap his revenge by burying all of his owners carefully laid plans. However, when the date finally arrives, Barley quickly realises he’s made a terrible error of judgement. 

"Night Dancing" by Barney Cokeliss Wins Jury Award

A HUGE congratulations to our wonderful Barney Cokeliss, whose film won the Jury Award at the LA Dance Film Festival! The film also screened to a sold out house and was extrememly well received by all of the audience. Some of the Jury's comments included: 

“Yes, yes YES! This is how you do it. Super impressive and compelling work. Wow.”

“Well done narrative element, and fully realized environment”


“Elements of mystery, romance, confusion, it's all set up nicely."


Very proud of Barney. It's a lovely film. Watch the trailer below!


Sean Thompson listed in Source Creative’s Global Top 100 Directors list

As 2018 kicks off to an energetic start, Source Creative have announced their Top 100 Director’s Showcase.  The global rankings list the creme de la creme of advertising’s directorial talent. We were thrilled to see Sean Thompson, deservedly featured in the rankings for his brilliant work on giffgaff ‘The Big Swim’.  The list saw Sean featured alongside directing super stars, such as Ringan Ledwidge, Dante Ariola, Lance Accord, Michel Gondry and Sam Brown. Congrats to all who made the list.


Happy New Year!

Happy New Year all! Positive vibes for a great 2018! Start the new year with some suggestions for a delicious breakfast, shot by our fabulous Debby Lewis-Harrison. Start the beginning of the year as you mean to go on.

Barney Cokeliss wins Short Film award at the B3 Biennale

Our very talented director Barney Cokeliss wrote, directed and produced a short 6 minute film called "Night Dancing". On Sunday the film won the Short Film award at the Biennale of the Moving Image in Frankfurt. Other winners included legendary godfather of the American AvantGarde, Jonas Mekas, who received the lifetime achievement award. The ceremony took place in Frankfurt's famous Schauspielerhaus. If you haven't seen this fantastic little short, make sure you see it. Congratulations Barney!

Watch the trailer here:

Katie Swain shoots delicious Waitrose spots

Get ready to lick your lips. Here we have Katie Swain's latest work for Waitrose, featuring Martha Collison, the British baker and food columnist who rose to fame after competing as The Great British Bake Off's youngest ever contestant, reaching the quarter-final of the fifth series. Martha whips up a mirror glaze cake, espresso martini macarons and salted caramel chocolate tarts... And they look rather tasty indeed!




Matalan Launches The Christmas Season

Matalan have launched the Christmas season with a heart warming and humorous new TV campaign, directed by Dark Energy's very own Matt Carter!

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The commercial is a warm take on a family’s busy run up to Christmas, from day to night. Playing with unpredictable moments that make Christmas what it is, the ad includes all the humour of a school Christmas play, house parties with friends and reaches a crescendo with domestic carnage courtesy of a misbehaving dog.

Adam Barnett, Acting Director of Advertising, ITN Productions said: “Our relationship with Matalan through ITV Adventures has allowed us to work on a multitude of different productions, the latest being this Christmas TV commercial which was an incredibly fun process. We’re really proud of the end result, it’s beautifully shot, with great performances which really captures the unpredictability of Christmas as well as the fun and laughter of being with family.”