Courier com­mer­cial earns place on awards shortlist

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS - MICHAEL ALEXAN­DER

A com­mer­cial for The Courier which hit 40 cin­e­mas and mil­lions of TV screens in June has been short­listed for a pres­ti­gious na­tional ad­ver­tis­ing award.

For The Real Sto­ries, pro­duced by Ed­in­burgh-based Green­room Films, has been short­listed for the “com­mer­cial over 21 sec­onds” cat­e­gory of the Scot­tish Cre­ative Awards, which take place on Oc­to­ber 26.

Over the course of two days in May, a 30-strong cast and crew at­tached to Green­room Films shot at lo­ca­tions through­out Tay­side in­clud­ing The Caird restau­rant in Dundee city cen­tre, Mur­ray’s chippy in Broughty Ferry, waste ground at Dundee’s Kingsway East, the Prego shoe bou­tique in Broughty Ferry and Ar­broath cliffs.

The script ques­tions whether sto­ries are black-and-white or whether a com­plex truth ex­ists some­where in-between.

Glas­gow-born free­lance film di­rec­tor Martin Smith, 44, who won a Scot­tish Bafta in 2006 for his short film Tracks and has made numer­ous doc­u­men­taries, said: “The au­di­ence recog­nise them­selves in the films, they can see the lo­cal area and hope­fully that res­onates with them.”

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