Drag Wrestlers, Bear Tamers and More Star in Kinetic Finlandia Vodka Ad

W&K and Director Siri Bunford Explore '1000 Years of Wisdom'

Published On
Jun 11, 2015

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Finnish vodka brand Finlandia assembles an amazing cast of characters in this kinetic spot celebrating "1000 years of wisdom." It splices together vibrant scenes of a bear tamer, a drag wrestler, a kinetic sculptor, a reindeer racer, a murderball team and a funeral dancer, as well as some better-known faces such as Icelandic strongman and "Game of Thrones" actor Hafthor Julius Bjornsson. Some, but not all, are geting on in years, and together, their ages add up to 1000.

Created by Wieden & Kennedy London and directed by Siri Bunford at Knucklehead (known for her Channel 4 work), it was shot in locations from New Orleans to Finland and carries the tagline "to the life less ordinary."

Alongside the film, which will be released online, portraits of the 14 characters, taken by photographer Todd Antony, will appear on social media, press and outdoor sites, while a cocktail recipe inspired by each character and created by Finlandia mixologists will be published on the brand's Facebook channel.


Jun 11, 2015
Brand :
Client :
Agency :
Wieden & Kennedy-London
Creative Director :
Scott Dungate
Creative Director :
Graeme Douglas
Copywriter :
Paddy Treacy
Art Director :
Mark Shanley
Executive Creative Director :
Tony Davidson
Executive Creative Director :
Iain Tait
Executive Producer :
Danielle Stewart
Group Account Director :
Paulo Salomao
Account Director :
Matt Owen
Account Manager :
Sophie Lake
Head of Planning :
Beth Bentley
Planning Director :
Martin Beverley
TV Producer :
Michelle Brough
Production Company :
Director :
Siri Bunford
Executive Producer :
Matthew Brown
Director, Photography :
Ben Smithard
Editorial Company :
Lucky Cat / Whitehouse Post
Editor :
Adam Marshall (Whitehouse Post)
Editor :
Xavier Perkins (Lucky Cat)
Post Producer :
Anandi Peiris
Visual Effects Company :
Visual Effects Supervisor :
Bill McNamara
Flame Artist :
Bill McNamara
Visual Effects Producer :
Anandi Peiris
Grade :
Colorist :
Matthieu Toullet
Titles/Graphics :
Ryan Teixeira
Music + Sound Company :
Sound Designer :
Anthony Moore
Sound Designer :
Phil Bollard
Song :
"Undeniable" by Richie Sosa
Interactive Producer :
Dom Felton
Creative Producer :
Amy Leach
Creative Community Manager :
Anna-Claire Clendon
Creative Artworker :
Dan Smith
Photographer :
Todd Antony
Photographer :
Peer Lindgreen
Photographer :
Nico Englebrecht
Agent :
Wyatt Clarke & Jones
Art Buyer :
Amy Leach
Director, Relations :
Marta Bobic
PR Manager :
Charlotte Corbett

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