Our relationship with British Airways began in 2011 when we were first commissioned to make an all-encompassing film on nine of the various projects they support around the world.
We’ve since helped them push their inflight audience to the online space and drive donations through our emotive films.
In our latest of our ongoing relationship with British Airways and Comic Relief, this time we took our cameras to a baby club in the outskirts of Cape Town. All storyboards went out the window when faced with toddlers on the loose; that energy was manifest in the film!
Shooting in Jamaica, Kingston to a tight schedule because of safety risks, we had our work cut out to deliver on this ambitious concept: a child running through the shanty towns of Kingston, joined by many more, to arrive at the Child Resiliency Programme.
This film changed the narrative up, encouraging viewers to donate online and see a longer behind the scenes that we provided, showing the difference donations can make in funding life-changing projects like this one in Boystown, Jamaica. It was launched across all mid and long-haul British Airways flights on the 1st February, 2018 – 40 minutes before landing. It was designed to complement the new inflight safety video, featuring Warwick Davis who we used for the voiceover on our film.
As part of our long-standing relationship with British Airways’ Community Investment team, Cloud9Media spent time in Durban, South Africa with Tom Hewitt and his crew of ex-street kids now-surfing professionals know as Surfers Not Street Children. Apart from their partnership with Comic Relief, British Airways offer annual bursaries to individual projects around the world that they feel are providing long-term sustainable development to the community. Durban has a long history of homelessness and street crime, so a surfing project that can engage young street-children and give them some life-changing guidance can making a huge impact. Once we actually managed to get all the kids in the same place at the same time (“it’s like herding cats” said Tom in despair) hanging out with these bright enthusiastic young guys was the highlight – you could feel the energy coming from them, all buzzing from the experience of surfing and being filmed. One requested a coffee with seven sugars which probably contributed to the general energy level.
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