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Home-made set decorations and practical effectsKids. Dance. Performance. Art Direction. Amy Allais is at it again! Except this time, using the language, conventions and devices of TikTok to complete this polished and charming spot for Checkers Little Garden 2, with our lovely friends at 99c. 28 Aug 2020 Read more

Chris Saunders commemorates 10 years with Little Dragon with this 'Where you Belong' music videoThe video, created during lockdown, takes the viewer through a visceral visual replay of the band's story and memories, through personal moments and live shows. 25 Aug 2020 Read more

Cabbages & Kids: Ola director Amy on her recent travelsNo director can consistently resist the siren call of the dollar or euro - unless he or she is a non-eating, non-home-owning one. In the last eight months, Ola! Films director Amy Allais has been sought after in Eastern Europe and the Middle East to shoot various campaigns involving sugary beverages, lions, cars, palm trees, and the seemingly inevitable child's performance, because that's what people seem to associate Amy with these days... While we can't share these ads because they were eaten by sharks (and because we don't have permission yet), we can share some of her hilarious anecdotes about filming in these mythical foreign lands. 17 Jul 2019 Read more

Takezito. Street strategyBatandwa Alperstein, also known as Takezito, is a multi-talented, award-winning creative and the latest addition to the Ola! Films stable. 12 Jul 2018 Read more

Fortune favours the boldOla! Films' Mfundo Mkhize, together with 10th Street Media and Wet Paint, hit the jackpot with the Ithuba Powerball: No Manga Manga spot. 31 Jan 2018 Read more

Choose your favourite favouriteOla Films' Amy Allais, together with M&C Saatchi Abel Johannesburg, tell a heartfelt tale for Bakers about a dad and his daughter, about Christmas, family and sharing. 27 Oct 2017 Read more

Faaantastic!Ogilvy & Mather and Ola Films' Mfundo Mkhize tell a humorous story for DStv Access that is both light-hearted and relatable. 26 Oct 2017 Read more

Chris won best music video award at The Smalls Short Film Festival 2017 - London!The talented Chris Saunders never fails to make an impression with whatever project he takes on. 29 Sep 2017 Read more

Keeping it 100Chess (Amy Allais + Justice Mukheli) have made their official debut as a directing duo with a moody spot for BAT, educating consumers about the illicit cigarette trade. 21 Sep 2017 Read more

Strike a rockOgilvy & Mather and Ola Films' Chris Saunders, have upped the ante with this awe-inspiring Women's Day tribute for DStv, that draws its audience in with its poignant message. 6 Sep 2017 Read more

Nowness presents: Chris Saunders' latest music video for Grammy Award-winning Oumou SangaréFor the latest track from Grammy Award-winning Malian musician Oumou Sangaré, director Chris Saunders enlisted the Swaggers dance crew. It is hot! hot! hot! Featured on Nowness: 24 Jul 2017 Read more

One-shot wonderWe all know a guy that knows everyone. The guy who is very in touch and connected with the people in the community. Sometimes, you can't even go to the shop with him without him getting caught up in conversation with his aunties' stepbrothers' cousins' daughters' friend. 21 Jul 2017 Read more

Adding a few French accents to a quirky comedyChristmas came early for Ola! Films director Mfundo Mkhize when Jupiter CT had him direct their latest fresh and fancaay ad for Burger King. 20 Jul 2017 Read more

Interesting with a capital InstagramKFC recently had Ola Films director, Chris Saunders string together a few wacky Instagram stories where users can interact with the brand on their smart screens. 24 Jan 2017 Read more

Pantsula Dance for Life - pre-ordersTo pre-buy and help fund the book please go to 6 Dec 2016 Read more

Laduma! Another one for MkhizeThe latest Vodacom NXT LVL presented Ola! Films with a near impossible challenge: creating an ad so cool that even teens would go for it. We know. We considered leaving advertising for a minute. And yet, Mfundo Mkhize rose to the challenge, not only delivering a relatable teenage story, but a spot that the old folks at client and agency loved. A director known for getting the best from his actors, Mkhize's easy-going guidance produced sweet performances that are honest and believable. 11 Jul 2016 Read more

Couch potatoes will like this oneWhile we doubt that Mfundo Mkhize's ever had the luxury of living in cat-infested terrain, just meters away from a railway, or in the comfort of a leaking roof, these textural details that he added to a simple story about a woman searching for her perfect home, are typical of his rich and cinematic approach to storytelling. 7 Jul 2016 Read more

Allais delivers pitch-perfect King Price campaignIt's hard to find two things that rank higher on Ola! Films director Amy Allais's list of priorities than food, and a good laugh. That's why these two-part King Price spots were her ideal project. 21 Apr 2016 Read more

Unlocking pan-African coolIn yet another heavy-weight brand collab between Ogilvy Cape Town and Ola! Films' director Amy Allais, the new Castle Lite "Unlock Refreshment" Africa spot demanded the talents of someone with a sharp eye for detail and strong grasp of art direction. 10 Mar 2016 Read more

Dog(zilla) whispererAmy Allais has got a special way with animals. We know this because, when she's not kissing giraffes on set, she's coaxing jack russells to cause giant earthquakes... in a 'small' way. Together with a fabulous creative team at M&C Saatchi Abel Cape Town and a wonderful art department, Amy fearlessly tacked the visual gag in lo-fi ways that other directors balked at. 3 Mar 2016 Read more

Celebrating that guyUltimately, what any party needs to get it started is someone with buckets of energy and enthusiasm who doesn't care what anyone thinks of them. For a change, Amy Allais took a backseat from being that guy, and made some ads celebrating that guy. The Tops Party Comrades are all sorts of real South African party people who share the unique ability to get the party started. 29 Feb 2016 Read more

Ola! Films and Shout SA light up South AfricaChris Saunders and the whole Ola! Films team rolled up their sleeves on SHOUT SA's latest Smile campaign, launched 1 September. Under the direction of Chris Saunders, the music video for Smile takes a different slant from SHOUT's previous in-your-face messages against crime. This time, the focus is on the source of the problem, the importance of access to libraries and education which comes through loudly in this vibrant new video. 8 Sep 2015 Read more

GizmoHow to sell a new DStv decoder? Well if you are Amy Allais you find a hilarious lead and let him sell a competing 'gadget' in a crowded electronics store. The shot of him massaging his cheeks alone is worth a thousand words. Go on - spoil yourself. 19 Dec 2014 Read more

Festive bucketOla! Films Mfundo Mkhize hits a home run with KFC's beyond adorable Christmas spot. Shot on a chickenfeed budget it punches way above it's weight class in production values, slick storytelling and heartwarming performances. 19 Dec 2014 Read more

Balantines, impressionsChris Saunders heats up downtown Jozi with his latest spot for M&C Saatchi London and Ballantine's Whisky. Saunders won the pitch against stiff international competition on the strength of his street-savvy "Run through Time" campaign for Adidas, which snagged the young director a bronze Loerie this year. For Ballantine's he recasts Joburg as Luanda and throws a wicked street party for Angolan superstar and brand ambassador, DJ Alves. 2 Dec 2014 Read more

Chris Saunders shoots beautyIn a feat of versatility, Chris Saunders recently turned his hand to beauty for this Johnson's Hydra spot for 140 BBDO Cape Town. His extensive experience in fashion photography paid off, and he took to it like an old pro. 25 Nov 2014 Read more

Bubbles and babiesAmy has acquired a bit of a reputation as a baby-whisperer recently, amongst others, for this Johnson's Soft & Shiny spot for BBDO Cape Town which involved wrangling both toddlers and animators. 21 May 2014 Read more

Ola! Films's Mfundo Mkhize takes the wheel!It's not rare for a commercial to try to pluck at the viewer's heartstrings as these are often connected directly to their purses. But in the case of Mkhize's spot for SMD, a South African online vehicle retailer with a growing following, the sentiment feels earned. It may be his skill in telling a small tale well or the sympathetic performances he draws from his cast. Regardless, the spots feel heartfelt, authentic and effortlessly engaging. 11 Dec 2013 Read more

Amy stretches her wings for Cell CSometimes when you are on a shoot in Cape Town the weather can feel like another member of the cast - a temperamental diva who can go from fabulous to foul in a split second. "She was hiding in her trailer talking to her therapist for most of this shoot I'm afraid," says Amy Allais ruefully. 24 Oct 2013 Read more

The backgrounds steal the show in Allais spot for McDonaldsFor a touch of classic silver screen artistry look no further than the new McDonald's 'Tastes of the World" campaign from Ola! Films. 21 Jun 2013 Read more

Amy Allais is a lucky fish
Ola! Films has been juggling a string of high-profile jobs this summer but the Lucky Star "Be Mega" spot was an opportunity for Amy to work on an iconic South African brand.
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Day-night double promotion: Princess Pinkie does VodacomIf a cool quickie is your thing, then the latest Vodacom ad is guaranteed to please. Complete with benevolent bling king, two velveteen advisors and an errant princess, it was certainly up our alley at any rate. Ola Films director, Francis Gavin, has infused zippy fun into the latest in a string of Draftfcb's themed product promotion ads and the outcome of this one is nothing short of gigglesome yayness. 4 Sep 2012 Read more

Mkhise hits the high notes in Vodacom's Durban July spotHere at Ola! Films we firmly believe there is a place in the world for rotund men in shiny suits and plump-cheeked beauties poured into foolish frocks. That's why, when Draftfcb's highly entertaining Vodacom Durban July concept came round the bend, Ola! Films director Mfundo Mkhize was champing at the bit to be part of the action. 13 Jul 2012 Read more

Making pap look like a piece of cakeOla Films's Mfundo Mkhize added a little bit of glamour to the seemingly ordinary world of pap with his latest White Star ad. Easy, natural performances from DJ Eddie Zondi, Lucia Mthinyane and Wanda Baloyi showcase the young director's knack of getting the best out of people. There wasn't much time and the bucks were tight: "But like they say, if you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen," he says with his usual sure-footed style. 26 Jun 2012 Read more

Natural Beauty with Ola! FilmsAmy Allais and the Ola! Films crew had a crazy ol' time of it in Limpopo's deepest and darkest shooting the latest Johnson's African Nurture spot. The location was accessible only by 4x4, making logistics complicated. Torrential rain, insane heat, zero cell phone reception (that's right- not one drop of life-giving cellular connectivity) and things got trickier still. 25 Jun 2012 Read more

Ola! Films Disclaimer: No actors were harmed in the filming of the Polo Vivo spotThe six spots for Volkswagen Polo Vivo have started airing recently and are swiftly developing a bit of a cult following. After all who doesn't love to see a grown man in a spandex leotard ride a giant rubber duck like a bronco, or a group of hapless contestants dressed as skittles mowed down by a giant bowling ball? 22 Jun 2012 Read more

Ola! Films' Mfundo shakes some booty for MTNThe music came first. "I knew the song would really drive the visuals so I got together with my buddies at Mash Entertainment and we wrote a track for the pitch," explains Mfundo. 26 Oct 2011 Read more

Amy Allais gives Schalk Burger the Vaseline treatmentTwo generations of Springbok royalty take centre stage in Amy Allais' lushly filmed spot for Vaseline. 26 Sep 2011 Read more

Amy Allais brings it on for WimpyAmy Allais shakes her pompoms for Wimpy 16 May 2011 Read more

Ola! Films keeps Twinsaver spot sugar freeIn the newTwinsavers Luxury 2 Ply spot forTBWA, Amy Allais has pulled off a pretty impressive balancing act. By finding the wry humour in a script that is jam-packed with cute children, bunnies, kittens and fluffy slippers, she's somehow managed to steer clear of cavity-inducing sweetness. 1 Feb 2011 Read more

Ola! Films gives Nando's its own ambassador of love!It's love at first bite when Ola! Films take on Nando's. 4 Jan 2011 Read more

Ahh, the glamorous life of a commercials producer. You've planned every detail of an international shoot that has more working parts than a nuclear reactor. The location - a virginal stretch of beach - is a triumph, the cast is a dream and the director cannot wait to step off the plane from freezing Norway. And then disaster strikes! 23 Dec 2010 Read more

Ola! Films has Daddy issues...Vodacom has once again brought the party to the people with its Daddy Cool campaign that just launched. Created by Draftfcb and directed by Amy Allais, Daddy Cool is a worthy successor to the team's hit Vodacom Single Ladies campaign and features the most deliriously trippy hit of the disco era - Boney M's Daddy Cool. "If I spark a bit of Boney M revival in South Africa then my work here is done!" laughs Allais. 22 Jul 2010 Read more

Ola! Films works with babies. Lives to tell the tale...At some point in every commercial director's life they have to stare naked fear in the face and work with the most maddening, adorable creatures on earth: babies. Amy Allais of Ola! Films just wrapped a Spekko Rice spot for Old Shanghai Firecracker Company that features an especially cute passel of pint-sized stars. 1 Jun 2010 Read more

Hello friends!
We would like to announce that we have moved to brand new digs in the Rosebank Fire Station. And while saying goodbye to our beloved 44 Stanley pad has not been easy, a few martinis and the bracing sight of twenty shirtless firemen playing touch rugby on our lawn has helped to ease the pain. Plus the extra real estate is certainly welcome because we are proud to introduce a new addition to Ola! Films.
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Ola Films! is all about the ladies!Currently the most infectious, hilarious and downright irresistible ad on the air is the new Vodacom “Single Ladies” spot. Part of Vodacom's ‘Connect to Fame Campaign', this tightly choreographed spoof of Beyonce's smash hit video has been rocking the airwaves and racking up serious viewership numbers on the web. 5 Aug 2009 Read more

Ola! Films and Craig Gillespie cause havoc in the Mother CitySouth Africa has proven itself to be one of the world's premier commercials production hubs once again; this time for USA-based production mega-house, MJZ and their big-name director, Craig Gillespie (of Lars and the Real Girl fame). With a quirky, off-centre brief on the latest Wrigley's Orbit Gum campaign, plus the high expectations of international agency BBDO Chicago, Ola! Films was called in to deliver on the challenging duo of commercials. 29 Jun 2009 Read more

Ola! girls are maklikFrom Ola! with love... Director Amy Allais brings her special brand of sly comedy and deft characterisation to a hilarious new campaign for Vodacom. In the 60-second spot currently airing, two polyester-clad representatives of a mythical goat-loving Slavic state arrive in South Africa in search of the INTERNET. 7 May 2009 Read more

Ola! keeps it classyDirector Amy Allais of Ola! Films continues to surprise with her gorgeously understated commercial for Russell Hobbs' new homeware range. It is essentially a series of beautifully lit, languorous shots of merchandise, with a soundtrack that is generated by the objects themselves. 28 Apr 2009 Read more

Ola! making milk look interestingOla! Films' Amy Allais has just completed Clover's new spot and according to Allais, “it was an opportunity to craft something poetic and abstract, and play with some cool toys.” 31 Mar 2009 Read more

Ola! More Love for VodacomVodacom's new TV ad, More Love, which aired for the first time on Sunday night, 30 November 2008, was commissioned by Draftfcb and executed by the dynamic duo from Ola! Films, director Amy Allais and producer Olivia Leitch. The 45-second spot took only five days from shooting to airing, “but that's okay because we thrive on adrenaline” explains Allais. 30 Nov 2008 Read more