Vodafone New Zealand encourages cinemagoers to switch off in latest campaign via DDB NZ


There’s nothing worse than your phone going off mid-movie and feeling the glare of an entire theatre on the back of your neck. To encourage moviegoers to switch off their phones before their films, Vodafone NZ, DDB and Goodoil have enlisted the help of the actors on-screen, and created a series of 20-second cinema spots disguised as big blockbuster trailers.


In each spot, directed by Goodoil’s Michelle Savill, the hero of each film is rudely interrupted in the middle of their defining moment by an incoming phone-call.

Mixed in 7.1 Dolby Surround Sound, each call appears to originate from a back corner of the theatre, confusing and frustrating everyone, including the heroes on screen, who promptly admonish the unseen offender.

Says Damon Stapleton, chief creative officer, DDB New Zealand: “Hopefully our not-so-subtle guilt trips will make people think twice. We’ve all been there, and it sucks.”

Says Nileema Allerston, Vodafone: “I think the team have done an incredible job delivering an important message in a super fresh, contextual way. I’m looking forward to phone-free movies.”

The three films, playfully titled; The Bad Plains, Her Highness, and Company B – The Lost Soldiers, will be running in Event Cinemas from now through September.

Creative Agency: DDB New Zealand
Chief Creative Officer: Damon Stapleton
Creative Directors: Freddie Coltart; Matthew Williams
Art Director: Stan Lee
Copy Writer: Aiken Hutcheon
Lead Business Partner: Karla Fisher
Business Partner: Natalie Pierpoint
Senior Business Manager: Helen Darwin
Executive Producer: Judy Thompson
Senior TV Producer: Charlotte Glennon
Production Company: Goodoil 
Director: Michelle Savill
Executive Producer: Mark Foster
DOP: Maria Innes Manchego 
Offline: Tim Mauger
Grade/Online: Blockhead 
Sound Design: Jon Cooper – The Coopers 
Client: Vodafone NZ
Masterbrand Manager: Nileema Allerston
Product Owner Loyalty & Engagement: Gabrielle Paul

Vodafone New Zealand encourages cinemagoers to switch off in latest campaign via DDB NZ