Another day, another epic commercial from a financial services company that avoids talking about what it actually does.
This one for Australian bank Westpac celebrates moments in history when Aussies got together to help each other out.
It recreates the hazardous construction of Sydney Harbor bridge and a dramatic helicopter rescue during the floods of 2011, all set to the rousing soundtrack of David Bowie’s “Heroes,” performed by an Aussie band that sounds like U2.
Director Mark Molloy says it all: “I think work like this resonates when you talk less about he brand and more about the nation… It’s something bigger than the brand.”
Westpac Group head of brand, advertising & media, Jenny Melhuish, explains the link between the ad and the brand: “Westpac has played a role in the lives of Australians for more than 200 years; helping people buy their homes, save for a family, start a business, or in times of emergency or natural disasters.”
The ad is by DDB Sydney, which seems to have been taking lessons from acclaimed Omnicom sibling adam&eveDDB, whose latest Lloyds work also goes for the emotional jugular.
MAA creative scale: 4