The good, the bad, and the ugly of British advertising gathered together in Battersea last night for the glitziest of its many annual awards events - the British Arrows. As has become customary, the audience paid scant attention to what was happening on the stage, talking rudely throughout the speeches and the prize-giving with only those connected to any given award offering any form of appreciation. It is a truly embarrassing spectacle.
The highlights of the evening were the incredible haul of awards won by Nike 'Londoner', and the spirited speech by Cat Shanu from the Arrows' diversity initiative BAD. Like everything else, it was largely drowned out by the privileged hubbub but - thankfully - that didn't diminish Shanu's enthusiasm or the importance of her message.
Cat Shanu's journey into the ad industry has not been easy, and she has talked openly in the past about the obstacles put in her place by her parents so it was delightful to see them at last night's event, celebrating their daughter's success.
Afterwards, DAVID spoke to Cat about the difference being made by BAD, the ongoing battle to ensure people of colour are heard, and the likely success of Nike 'Londoner'. You can listen to our conversation by clicking on the link.