On The Cusp, Longlist - Commercial

Oatly, Difficult Age

Tom Speers


“It's not often you get the chance to work in this level of detail with dialogue and performance in a commercial. Written by the creatives in Oatly, the original scripts were a dream to treat on; sharp, confident and refreshingly self-aware. Trusting that prioritising acting talent above all else would make the difference, and buoyed by Oatly's open encouragement of developing ideas, I was able to have a lot of fun on the day with a fantastic group of actors. A big thank you to Oatly, Smuggler, and a magic cast and crew. I had a blast.” - Tom Speers

Tom Speers’s work is characterized by his lyrical style, natural ability for casting and keen eye for photography, creating a spontaneity and poetry felt on screen. The London based director found breakout success with his award winning short film, “Boy Saint,” a portrait of adolescence and the longing of the human heart. The short received international acclaim and was shortlisted for a YDA at Cannes Lions, among others. Speers was also nominated for New Director of the Year at the shots Awards. Speers built on the momentum generated by his debut short and has emerged as one of the most sought after up-and-coming talents in commercials and music videos. His poignant spot for Vodafone and Grey London was shortlisted at the British Arrows for Best New Director. Most recently, Tom directed “Highlights,” a music video for fellow Irishman James Vincent McMorrow, conceived of and executed during the height of the pandemic. Composed of portraits, time-lapse photography, as well as Super 8mm, Speers evokes a surreal, dreamlike depiction of everyday life, capturing the artist James and his daughter. He embraced the tactile quality of film and a lo-fi aesthetic, empowering James to bring intimate details from his life as a father and musician into the story, creating an impressionistic feeling full of life and emotion.