Alice Lowe's tense short film for Direct Line looks at the mistakes young people make

Award-winning writer and director Alice Lowe, along with Saatchi & Saatchi London, has launched an integrated campaign for Direct Line called 'Survive the Horror', all in time for Halloween.

Targeting first-time insurance buyers, the campaign consists of a short film called 'The Torment' based on insight showing part of growing up is inevitably making mistakes.

Making mistakes is part of everyday life, but research has shown that this matters disproportionately amongst 17-34-year olds because it’s the first time they face errors on their own.

This audience goes from being covered by their parents or guardians to being a grown-up and having to deal with claims by themselves and coping with stress when things go wrong.

The film was created by Saatchi & Saatchi London, directed by Alice Lowe who is also a well-known actor, known for her roles in Black Mirror and Garth Marenghi's Darkplace and produced by Western Edge Pictures, whose previous films include Third Star, Mr Calzaghe and Rare Beasts.

Music for the film was specially commissioned by electronic music duo TOYDRUM, who wrote and produced music for the Shane Meadows series, This is England.

The campaign will be hosted in cinemas screening horror movies during the Halloween period.

Franki Goodwin, Creative Director, Saatchi & Saatchi London, said: "The true horrors of growing up and being responsible are at their most visceral when something goes wrong. We’ve tapped into a genre most popular with our audience to create a campaign that is as resonant as it is entertaining."

The short film is supported by a 60 cinema cutdown and a series of 6-second social stings spots which bring to life other real-life horrors from cracked laptops to lost phones and kitchen disasters. The campaign builds on Direct Line’s association with film, following its recent sponsorship of Film on 4.


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