This PSA Recreates the Pottery Wheel Scene From 'Ghost' to Make a Point About Drink-Driving

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By Alexandra Jardine. Published on Mar 13, 2018

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A new PSA from the U.K. Department of Transport's anti drink-driving campaign, Think!, takes an unusual approach to the subject matter.

Instead of focusing on the horrific consequences of drink-driving, the ad, by Y& London, shows a young man's friend trying to persuade him not to drink on a night out, by humorously recreating the famous pottery wheel scene from 90s movie "Ghost." He grabs him from behind, clasping his pint in both hands and singing the lyrics to "Unchained Melody" into his ear, before taking his pint of beer away from him.

The aims of the campaign is to give young British men, who often feel too awkward to intervene, the ways and means to stop their friends from drink driving.

"Whilst previous U.K. road safety campaigns have traditionally focused on the dire consequences of drink driving, the prevailing "it won't happen to me" attitude of this particular young male audience has meant such tactics have had increasingly less impact over recent years," Emily James, Y&R chief strategy officer, says in a statement. "This new strategy, rooted in behavioural psychology, eschews the conventional parent-child vernacular of traditional drink drive campaigns and instead draws on peer dynamics to police and influence the friendship group."

The 60 second film, directed by Y&R creative director Jim Bolton, will run on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter and a 30 second version will air on video on demand.

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Mar 13, 2018
Young & Rubicam London
Department for Transport
Chief Creative Officer:
Jon Burley
Creative Director:
Jim Bolton
Tom Espezel-Bentley
Sean Johnson
Josh Pearce
Director, Strategy:
Jonathan Ewles
James Dowler
Business Director:
Anna Crabtree
Account Director:
Adam Tynan
Account Executive:
Laura Moon
Agency Producer:
Emily Brownlow
Editing House:
The Playroom
Nick Allix
Post Production Company:
Time Based Arts
Jo Gutteridge
Online Artist:
Simone Grattarola
Sound House:
Lead Sound:
Phil Bolland
Music Company:
Thirty Two Music
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