Friday, July 27, 2007


Australian Capital Tourism has launched a new tourism campaign created by ZOO Advertising in Canberra.
Spearheaded by two 30 second TVCs, the campaign tagline 'See for yourself' takes a humorous approach in deliberately disrupting clichéd perceptions of Canberra and introduces new, unexpected experiences as a reason to visit.
Experiences include actually meeting a cheetah, hands on fun entertainment for the kids and the diverse wineries within the Capital region, inspiring Australians to take a closer look at what their Nation’s Capital has to offer.
The campaign remains true to the brand essence that the Nation's Capital is home to the "Australian Story", told through the array of award winning national attractions, and adds a depth and breadth to the experiences on offer by promoting additional unexpected delights.
Says ZOO creative director Ken Buchan: "Canberra as a destination is plagued with the negative associations of being the seat of the government, the media often report to the nation 'Canberra raises taxes' or 'Canberra goes to Iraq', Canberra is repeatedly lumbered with the seriousness of a politicians dry rhetoric. The average Canberran is
nothing like this and you'd be very unlucky to see a pollie in person down here.
"Also being recently from Sydney myself when I moved down here all my mates either brought up the notion of legal fireworks, those massive roundabouts and Fyshwick! (A reference to Fyshwick sadly never made it through research...)
Our campaign therefore doesn't fight these thoughts and limited perceptions of our Nation's Capital but rather laughs along with them, and then once they're out of the way introduces an array of unexpected experiences that are often overlooked.
"So don't let a school excursion be the last time you've visited, there's heaps of great stuff here, come on, See for yourself!"

Client: Australian Capital Tourism
Agency: ZOO Advertising, Canberra
Creative Director: Ken Buchan
Writer: Ken Buchan
Art Directors: Clinton Hutchinson, Ken Buchan.
Designers: Sebastian Carraro, Anthony Nankervis.
In House Producer: Paula Garner
Account Managers: Brendan Maher, Zoe Knight
Press Photographer: Dean Dampney
Production Company: Republic Films, Sydney.
Director: Ben Weir
Cinematographer: Graeme Ross
Producer: Chris Seeto
Post Production: Frame Set & Match
Editor: Duane Fogwell
Post Graphic Designer: Emile Rademeyer


Anonymous Anonymous said...

round abouts! F$ck im there!

4:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

not sure what's worse - the ad or the state

4:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

didnt know they had TV in canberra

4:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i was actually thinking of going to canberra until i saw that

4:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ZOO...? what next? they'll probably call an agency furnace or spinach..

4:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Better than the earnest serious ads they had before, just the right balance of Canberra being able to laugh at the stereotypes but not taking the piss ...

4:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our Capital gets a sense of humour at last, nice one!

9:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It put a smile on my face, I quite like them, really does make you think of what Canberra has to offer besides parliament!

9:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You always hear people go on about Canberra's roundabouts, that's a fun spin on it!

2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha ha. The guys who wrote, directed produced this amazingly humorous cool very nice funny slick not too earnest Cannes Gold winning ad are going one step further by commenting on it. Nice one 4:51 PM, 9:20 PM, 9:37 PM and 2:19 PM. Your comments are really convincing. For a second there I really thought this ad was funny, humorous, insightful, really slick nice, cool and well shot.

10:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sold a horse in Canberra once. But all I bought was the porn & fireworks.

2:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Genius. An ad that truly reflects the product. It bored me senseless!

2:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it also appears that 4:38, 4:39 ,4:40, 4:41, 4:43pm is the same blogger...

8:29 PM  
Anonymous Ann said...

Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts. It is always great pleasure to read your posts.

10:28 PM  
Blogger educadores said...

I didn't like the ad but I would still visit canberra

11:59 AM  

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