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Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton
Writing ads by day, books and scripts by night.
Australian born, French spoken, Morris Minor driven.
Multi-award winner with robust background in TV commercials, print advertising and web.
Co-founder in 2000 of The Foreign Legion, successful advertising consultancy.
His highly acclaimed TV campaign for IBM ran worldwide.
Awards in the UK, USA, France, Europe and Australia.
Still writing for top brands including Air France KLM, Krug Champagnes, Michelin and Renault.
Lives in rural Kent, England, with partner Sam and their three children.
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Philip cut his teeth on award-winning spots like this IBM ad directed by Joe Pytka.
AWWWARDS Site of the Day, Invictus by Paco Rabanne
GOLD Golden Stylus, State Rail
BEST Sydney Radio Writers Award, TDK
SILVER Silver Stylus, TDK
FINALIST Golden Stylus, TDK
FINALIST AWARD (Australian Writers & Art Directors) Copywriting, New Zealand Tourism
BEST CAXTON, Peugeot
FINALIST CAXTON -New Zealand Tourism-IKEA-Office of Youth Affairs
BEST FACTS, TDK
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, FACTS, TDK
SILVER PENCIL Copywriting, Peugeot
SILVER AWARD, TDK TV
Finalist copywriting, London International Advertising Awards, MBF
BEST IT CAMPAIGN, Grand Prix Stratégies B-to-B, IBM e-business France
GRAND PRIX Grand Prix Stratégies B-to-B, IBM e-business France
SILVER Euro Effies, IBM e-business Europe
BEST IT CAMPAIGN, Media & Marketing Europe awards, IBM e-business
GRAND PRIX APPM Best IT campaign, IBM stretch
USA MC Icon Award finalist, IBM TV
SILVER Effies Europe, IBM e-business launch
WINNER EPICA IT TV, IBM
WINNER London International Advertising Awards, IT, IBM
Benefiting from healthy commercial budgets, Philip has worked as writer with some high profile directors including:
ALEX PROYAS (“I, Robot”, “Knowing”) for TDK, and
JOE PYTKA (“Space Jam”, “Michael Jackson: HIStory”) for IBM.
IRONS IN THE FIRE…
>6 episode TV series concept initially pitched to Red Planet Pictures UK; historical fiction tracing the rise of a Chinese immigrant to fame and fortune despite prevailing prejudices in 19th century Australia.
>45 minute radio drama submitted to BBC; historical fiction set in America’s South in 1907 about a mixed-race band of singers who come face to face with a white supremacist senator, “Pitchfork Ben” Tillman.
CURRENTLY WORKING ON…
>Book unravelling the ambiguous story of a little-known band of singers from Richmond, Virginia in the early 1900s. First mixed-race act to tour America, praised by Twain, recorded by Edison, they stopped after a decade as threats of lynching loomed.
TO DO LIST…
>Feature film script based on the book I’m writing.
>Book or historical drama TV series based on a real-life dynasty of high-achieving African Americans I am researching, beginning with John, born a slave, who became America’s first celebrity chef, and his descendants: a pioneering civil rights publisher, a pioneering black baseball player; a composer of Tin Pan Alley hits and a celebrity mortician!
>Feature film script based on the true story of a civil rights activist who “passed” as white to investigate brutal lynchings in America’s South in the 1920s.
>Documentary on a Chinese-Australian girl who, aged 14, broke the world motorboat speed record in 1934, a record only beaten 10 years later by a man.
My pet theme is otherness. I am fascinated by stories from history that shine a light on issues of discrimination and intolerance. The individuals who rise above this are an enduring source of inspiration.
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