Stuart Douglas

The Happiest Man In The World · Ronaldinho

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Stuart Douglas

The Happiest Man In The World · Ronaldinho

What happens when two of the most accomplished film makers in the world make a biopic documentary about one of the most famous, talented and adored footballers in the world? Well maybe we should just let you know what the rest of the world thinks:

  • Ronaldinho shares trailer for ‘The Happiest Man in the World’ doc and it looks brilliant – Givemesport.com
  • Ronaldinho’s documentary, the crack that returned Barça’s smile – FCBN.com

The teaser trailer, released this week, has already had over six million views and is fast becoming one of the most eagerly anticipated sports films of recent years.

The Douglas Brothers first feature, produced by LAMF in conjunction with Nice Shirt and Twenty-Four Seven, will be released in early 2021 and is shaping up to be a complete and intimate portrait of one of the world’s most iconic and enigmatic sportsmen.

Drive Smart by Jon Hollis

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4 September 2020

Most of us wouldn’t dream of drink driving but driving tired is potentially just as deadly. Jon’s latest film for Road Safety Scotland and the Leith Agency is a simple but shockingly effective representation of the very real danger of driving in a fatigued state. Jon designed a rig to capture the close-up of the driver’s eye whilst actually on the move to achieve the level of authenticity he always strives for. Then several days in Flame with Jon at the controls posting roads, the accident and visualising the tragic but entirely avoidable end result.

Jesper Ericstam

No! · Systembogalet

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Jesper Ericstam

No! · Systembogalet

“Are you literally trying to ruin my life?”

Anyone who has had the dubious pleasure of sharing lockdown with a teenager will doubtless nod in sage recognition at Jesper’s latest for Sweden’s State Alcohol Shop.

When it comes to pretty much anything, and not least access to booze, ‘no’ is a word that most teens seem incapable of accepting with a measured calm. (Directors are the same, but that’s another story). The result is Trumpian levels of sulking, if not all out nuclear conflict.  And, if you’re not involved, it’s pretty funny… mainly because, let’s face it, we’ve all been there.

As ever, Jesper makes a beautifully observed film about the detailed reality of the human condition.

Kim Geldenhuys

Cyber Mobbing · Telekom

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Kim Geldenhuys

Cyber Mobbing · Telekom

In a time where intolerance, prejudice and hate crimes are on the rise it appears that global brands are doing what some of our political leaders will not and spreading messages of equality, inclusivity and love. Whatever the motivation it’s a positive stance.

Kim’s latest film for Telekom was finished just before lockdown started. The beautifully crafted film, promoting Telekom’s support of the No Hate Speech Movement, portrays the bafflement and pain of a victim of on-line abuse. It pulls no punches, alluding unflinchingly to the dark history of hate speech in Germany but very much shining the spotlight on the worst of the here and now.

Matt Houghton Joins Nice Shirt

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19 February 2020

We at Nice Shirt Films are delighted to welcome Matt Houghton to our directors’ roster.

Matt is a prolific, multi award-winning filmmaker who crafts intimate human stories. His films often stand astride the line between fact and fiction. He has an eye that spots beautiful and poignant in the everyday and seemingly ordinary.

Matt arrives at Nice Shirt with a commercial reel containing  many famous brands, including Google, Volkswagen, Strongbow, Toyota, Smart Car, Axe, Red Bull, Camelot, Save The Children, Nikon and The Guardian.

His short film Landline  – relating the real stories told to a help line set up to support gay farmers – deservedly won the 2018 Grierson Award for Best Documentary Short and a VIMEO Best of The Year 2019 Nomination. Landline was selected as part of the British Council/BFI’s #FiveFilms4Freedom campaign where it was watched over 450,000 times in 12 days, also won the HBO Short Documentary Award.

Stuart Douglas

I Have Never Seen · Sorgenia

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I Have Never Seen · Sorgenia

Stuart’s latest, for Italian sustainable energy supplier Sorgenia, features the utterly inspirational Bebe Vio leading a group of young people with a simple plea: this is our world, please don’t f*@k it up for us.

It’s a simple call to action that really ought to resonate with every grown-up.

Welcome to Nice Shirt,
Louis Hollis

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12 February 2020

We at Nice Shirt are very pleased to announce the arrival of Louis Hollis to our directors’ roster.

Richard Martin NSF EP and MD says:

“I don’t think I’ve ever been as gripped by a new director’s reel as I was by Louis’s. His documentary instincts are superb – he can smell a story a mile away and knows exactly how to keep out of the way just enough to let it unfold. His career trajectory since graduating has been meteoric – he’s already shot for us on five different continents and looks set to book a major feature length documentary that is going to be sensational.”

Such is Louis commitment to documentary making (even at family events) is that his mum calls him ‘The invisible man’. For an observational filmmaker that’s actually a pretty good compliment. We think…..

Louis comes to Nice Shirt with commercial work for Land Rover, Tesla, a BBC 3 commissioned documentary and has just returned from a 6 week, 5 continent, worldwide shoot for a project documenting the global fight against HIV.

Louis is also an accredited press ITV and BBC cameraman and seems to spend a lot of time in places that involve him trying not get shot at.

When we asked Louis what his aims are, he said; “god only knows what’s going to happen to this planet in my lifetime, but I think my underlying instinct is to want to be out there seeing it with a camera in my hands”. Our kind of human.

Jesper Ericstam

Gran · RBS (director's cut)

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Gran · RBS (director's cut)

Jesper Ericstam’s latest, the first in a new campaign for The Royal Bank Of Scotland, reflects on how people choose to spend their money, and what is really important to them.

After a Sunday lunch with the family, a philosophical and canny gran is treated to one of the culinary delights of the Scottish Riviera by her doting grandson and his lovely (but completely freezing) girlfriend.

Bravely shot in Ayr in January, The Leith Agency’s excellent script is given the full Jesper treatment, and the result is authentic, human and utterly charming.

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