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TOM CONNOLLY

As an expert observer of the finer details of life, Tom has always been a director firmly in the Here And Now. His work consistently shows an exceptional gift for subtle, nuanced performance and naturally observed storytelling. With an economic narrative style that is both pared back and poignant at the same time, Tom’s assured film-making is right up there with the best short-form directors of our generation. He has produced seminal ads for numerous brands including Dulux, BBC, Sky, Heinz, Carlsberg, UBS & the NSPCC, and recently saw his debut novel ‘The Spider Truces’ named ‘one of the top 5 debut novels of the year’. Tom’s second feature film is currently in development.


NATWEST // ALL BY MYSELF

Part of a trio of Nat West’s latest ads aimed at new businesses, Tom’s signature style shines through again with typical understated quality. Even the thickest-skinned would find it hard not to feel empathy for the lonely lads & lasses in these perfectly judged vignettes!

UBS // UNTIL

Another beautifully-balanced film. Subtle performances, fluid narrative, and sensitive cinematography all in perfect harmony. Shot in Hong Kong, New York & Zurich, Tom expertly captures the spontaneous instinct of the budding entrepreneur. Who needs a bath when your Eureka moment can happen in a barber’s chair!

NSPCC // IF THEY HAD A VOICE

An incredibly powerful film that consciously challenges the viewer to ignore childhood neglect. Testimony to the extensive & meticulous casting (in London, Manchester & Glasgow), Tom’s sensitive direction extracted disturbingly convincing performances from some of the most challenging children’s roles imaginable in a commercial. A film that really stays with you.

HARVESTER // BRING OUT THE BEST

Eschewing the conventional impression of the well- known chain – and conventional adland family casting too – this film for St Luke’s really turned the brand’s image upside down. Intimate, idiosyncratic performances and a gentle camera style make for a genuinely refreshing departure from the status quo.

Ministry of defence // ARMED FORces day

Making a neat connection between life’s different types of uniform, a series of moving portraits cleverly remind us of our debtitude to those brave men & women from the armed forces. Helped, naturally of course, by the ‘dare say no’ voice of Ray Winstone.

BBC // Strictly TRAILER

A fun and light-hearted trailer for the eternally- popular talent show. Paul Daniels, Anne Widdecombe & Felicity Kendal all in imminent battle to out-dance & out-perform each other. Now that’s magic!

 

MATE // SHORT FILM

How well do you really know your mates? Tom’s witty new short weaves together a brilliant cast in this sharp & clever script. Expert performances. Deftly directed.