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18 July 2021

A leg up for the script

by Jason Stone

EE: “Football Stories” - 60s

A few days before this EE commercial was due to be shot ahead of this year's FA Cup final, TV presenter Roman Kemp sustained an unfortunate injury, and the script had to be hastily rewritten to take account of his immobility.

It's the stuff of logistical nightmares and you have to credit creative Issie Mandry, director Tom Clarkson, as well as Curly producers Richard Guy and Julia Frost for improvising their way through it.

Kemp isn't everyone's cup of tea, but the outcome is rather charming, and there's little doubt that Clarkson et al managed to make the injury work in their favour, using it to add a note of poignancy to the idea of watching the football communally.

Film Production: Curly
Director: Tom Clarkson Ⓟ Ⓦ (Darling Films Ⓟ Ⓦ)
Producer: Richard Guy / Julia Frost
Post Production: Alison Wendt @ Bubble TV Ⓟ
VFX: Jasmine Cooper
Colourist: Marty McMullan
Sound Designer: Will Morton

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