Hail Mary! Our Lady of Kibeho wins big in the Spotlight Awards
Campaign shot for Stratford East wins the Advertising prize judged by creatives from McCann, Adidas, DHL & more.
Our Lady of Kibeho
Some lovely news this week â€“ the campaign I shot forÂ Theatre Royal Stratford Eastâ€˜sÂ Olivier-nominated production ofÂ Our Lady of KibehoÂ won top prize in the Advertising category at theÂ Spotlight Awards 2020.
Being shortlisted in aÂ very competitive categoryÂ was great, so to win outright was a delight, especially with the judging panel including:
Kieran Delaney, Creative Director atÂ McCann Health, UK; Lisa Marie Walkington, Director Global Creative Shoot & Production atÂ Adidas AG, Germany; Toru Fujii, Senior Creative Director atÂ ADK Tokyo, Japan and Chris Plummer, Creative Director, Netherlands.
You can check out the Advertising category shortlistÂ here
And see all the winnersÂ here
About the Job
The shoot was one of my favourite of 2019, and was a tough ask with the subject being a foreshadowing of the Rwandan genocide
â€œIn 1981 at Kibeho College in Rwanda, a young girl claimed to have seen a vision of the Virgin Mary who warned her of the unimaginable: Rwanda becoming hell on Earth. She was ignored by her friends and scolded by her school but then another student saw the vision, and another, and the impossible appeared to be trueâ€
Our challenge was to create an appealing, ticket-selling image capturing the elements ofÂ hope, faith and communityÂ that define the play, while also nodding to its eerie themes of possession and religious fundamentalism.
And to design and work with lighting states that made darker skin tones look fantastic.
You can read more about the shoot:Â here
And check out my Stage and Screen portfolio:Â here