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Campaign Spotlight: NRMA Insurance reminds Australians to stay safe on the roads this Christmas with new film via Colenso BBDO, shot by Juan Cabral

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – NRMA Insurance, with Colenso BBDO, are launching Sleeper, a new film reminding Australians to stay alert and safe on the roads these holidays.

The Christmas campaign captures a dreamlike vision of the quintessential road trip. Directed by Juan Cabral of MJZ, in partnership with FINCH, it follows the story of a family travelling along the Australian highways at night before reaching their grandma’s house at daybreak.


Along the journey, we see our family – a mum behind the wheel and her two daughters – drift into peaceful slumber as we’re transported into a familiar-looking analogue world, but one populated with self-driving cars. We follow their peaceful road trip as the family’s car threads its way across bridges, intersections and spaghetti junctions, before delivering the family safely into the arms of grandma.

Director Juan Cabral said: “It truly felt like a small crew shooting a short film, everyone waiting for the moon to do its thing. Nick and the Colenso team were really championing the nuances of long road trips… embracing the mystery of the night and sleep. The cast was lovely, including the kangaroo that came to say hi for a little cameo.”

Nick Worthington, Creative Chairman, Colenso BBDO said: “It’s not often brands take the time to tell a proper story these days, but it’s stories that people love. This cautionary tale, told brilliantly by Juan Cabral, takes us on a magical journey into the near future, while simultaneously keeping one foot in the past. It’s a simple and timely reminder for us all to take care on the roads these holidays.”

Sleeper launches this week, across TV, cinema and online.


Client: NRMA Insurance, IAG AU
Chief Marketing Officer: Brent Smart
Marketing Director: Sally Kiernan
Creative & Innovation Lead: Elizabeth Stokes
Creative & Innovation Specialist: Danielle Picker

Creative Agency: Colenso BBDO

Media Agency: MindShare, AU

Producer – Cath Anderson
Executive Producer – Loren Bradley
Executive Producer – Rob Galluzzo

Director – Juan Cabral
DOP – Eric Gautier
President / Executive Producer – David Zander
Executive Producer – Emma Wilcockson

Editor – Emiliano Fardaus
Colourist – Ricky Gausis
Online – Blockhead VFX
Music Supervision & Licensing – Jay James, Soundtree Music
Sound Design – Parv Thind, Wave Studios UK
Producer – Beth Tomblin, Wave Studios UK

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