Qantas will premiere the third series of its Feels Like Home brand campaign this Sunday, 30 April.
Filmed in Perth and London, the third series highlights Qantas’ history-making route between the two cities – which goes on sale today ahead of the first flights in March 2018.
The latest chapter features the real story of the Perth-based Charlton family reuniting with their grandmother in the UK. It also tells the story of a young couple managing a long distance relationship between Australia and London.
Qantas’ Group Executive for Brand, Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Olivia Wirth, said the build-up to the Perth-London service was the perfect opportunity to evolve the successful campaign.
“The Kangaroo Route to the UK has had special meaning for Australian travellers since Qantas first flew to London the 1940s.
“With this new series of Feels Like Home, we wanted to capture the memories and emotions that Australians associate with the Kangaroo Route, but also look ahead to a new era with our non-stop Perth-London flights. We think it does a beautiful job of exploring the significance of linking Australians directly to the UK for the first time, focusing on real people and experiences.
“Qantas invests heavily in promoting Australia as a tourist destination and the campaign, which is also running in the UK, also shows some of the fantastic places travelers can visit in Western Australia in a single hop,” she said.
Qantas worked with creative agency The Monkeys to develop the series. Justin Drape, The Monkeys’ co-founder and Chief Creative Officer, said the new campaign built on the homecoming stories that features in the first two series.
“The late Neil Lawrence, Mark Molloy and the Qantas team started this campaign with beautiful emotional stories that have resonated with all Australians who travel,” Mr Drape said.
“With the Charlton family and Imogen’s and Michael’s story, we wanted to continue this type of storytelling while also showing what it means to be able to fly directly between Australia and London.”
As in the first two series, the campaign is soundtracked by Martha Marlow’s version of the Randy Newman song, ‘Feels Like Home’.
Since launching in 2014, the Feels Like Home campaign has clocked up over 17 million views on social media channels alone. The new series will be seen on TV, outdoor, in-terminal, and on digital and social channels.
• The Charlton family; Anna, Michael, and their girls live in Perth, while Anna’s mum Jackie lives in Bristol, UK, where Anna was born. Anna and Michael met in Europe while WA native Michael was travelling, and the couple moved permanently to Australia, where they had their two children. Jackie has a very close relationship with the family despite the distance, with plenty of video chats, phone calls and parcels but misses her daughter and grandchildren. Michael surprises Anna with flights home for the family to see her mum in the UK.
• Imogen and Michael met at University in their hometown of Brisbane. When Michael moved to London for work in 2016, Imogen remained in Australia to complete her studies for a further 12 months. Michael surprises Imogen with a trip back to Australia after a long time apart. In a lovely turn of events, since completing the shoot Imogen has moved to London, where the couple now live and work.
Creative agency: The Monkeys
Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer: Justin Drape
Senior Creative: Scott Dettrick
Copywriters: Chelsea Parks & Hugh Gurney
Executive Planning Director/Partner: Fabio Buresti
Head of Planning: Michael Hogg
Managing Partner: Matt Michael
Group Content Director: Humphrey Taylor
Content Director: Samantha Heckendorf
Content Manager: Tim Leathart
Head of Production: Thea Carone
Senior Integrated Producer: Sally Lankshear
Executive digital producer: Sabrina Riedel
Designers: Melissa Watson, Eva Godeny & Lauren Elliot
Production Company: Exit Films
Director: Glendyn Ivin & Mark Molloy
Producer: Karen Sproul
Production Managers: Jacquie Riley & Samantha Lombardo
DOP: Germain McMicking
2nd unit DP: Sam Chiplin
Casting: Kirsty McGregor, McGregor Casting
Production Designer: Pete Baxter
Edit House: The Butchery
Editors: Jack Hutchings & Rohan Zerna
Post Production: Alt.vfx
MUSIC & SOUND
Original composition by Randy Newman
Administered by: Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd
Music Director: Ramesh Sathiah & Mark Rivett
Vocals & Guitar: Martha Marlow
String Arrangement: Jonathan Zwartz
Sound Designer: Simon Kane
Executive Producer: Katrina Aquilia
Photographer: Paul Blackmore
Behind the scenes photographer (UK): Richard Wadey
Media Agency: OMD
Business Director: Dorothee Gomez
Account Director: James Graff
Account Director: Eimear Hughes
Trading Director: Anastasia Nicholas
Account Executive: Christian Bendelack
Watch the two minute campaign video below.