Aaron Taylor-Johnson narrates this harrowing film about a prisoner's last meal

Spot from Australia ends with surprising twist

Published On
Dec 13, 2018

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A prisoner awaits his last meal on Death Row in this spot, narrated by Hollywood actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson--but it's not exactly what you might think.

In the film for the Australian market, by DDB Remedy in Sydney, we see a guard walking through a prison carrying a tray, as we hear the prisoner, in Taylor-Johnson's voice, explain how it's not fair that he's being put to death despite having done nothing wrong. But it's not until late on the film that it emerges the prisoner in question is not human, but a dog--which we then see being put to sleep in a harrowing scene.

The film, which encourages pet adoption, was made pro bono by the agency on behalf of dog welfare organizations across the country including Doggie Rescue, SA Dog Rescue, SAFE, Starting Over Dog Rescue, Best Friends and Voiceless Australia.

It was directed by Jonathan May via Flint Sydney, who says he wanted the film to be as authentic as possible. “We took a huge risk working with untrained shelter dogs to be in the film and with the help of Monika from Doggie Rescue, we carefully selected Steve and Xena. We only had a short window of time to shoot the dog scenes but both of them nailed their part, it was almost as if they knew the importance of their roles.”

Taylor-Johnson, who himself has two rescue dogs, is sharing the film on his Instagram account-- where it's already had over 25,000 views. 



Dec 13, 2018
Client :
Doggie Rescue
Agency :
DDB Remedy
Managing Director :
John Bertolini
Executive Creative Director :
Scott Smith
Creative Partner :
John Lam
Senior Producer :
Dawn Scanlan
Group Business Director :
Narve Thakrar
Business Director :
Francesca Millena
Digital Director :
Alex Lambert
Director :
Jonathan May
TV Producer :
Flint Sydney
Writer :
Jason Ross
Creative Consultant :
Kristian Taylor-Wood
Sound Design :
Simon Lister
Sound Design :
Stuart Welch
Sound Design :
James Martell
Sound Design :
Nylon Studios
Music :
Lydia Davies
Voice Talent :
Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Editor :
Christopher Barron
Post Production :
The Hive
Colorist :
Matt Fezz
VFX Supervisor :
Hugh Saville
Director of Photography :
Campbell Brown
Steady Cam Operator :
Brendan Shaw
Gaffer :
Jeremy Graham
Gaffer :
Ben McPhee
Dog Rescue Consultant :
Monika Biernacki
Talent :
Dog 1-Steve
Talent :
Dog 2- Xena
Talent :
Mitch Fong

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