Virgin Blue: Castaways

Holidays so affordable, you can stay for ages.

Advertising Agency: CumminsNitro, Brisbane, Australia
Creative Directors: Nancy Hartley, James Burchill
Art Director: Lisa Dupre
Copywriter: Gordon Haynes
Photographer: Skeet Booth
Released: October 2008


Pedestrian's picture
492 pencils

Not quite sure why it will take 3 weeks to get to the punchline of that headline.

Week 1 - It doesn't make sense.
Week 2 - It kinda makes sense if I'm driving slowly enough.
Week 3 - Oh I get it. They have beards.

SeanMartin's picture

How cool! I can imagine drivers passing this and thinking "Wait -- those werent there yesterday, were they?" Great way to grab second- and third-pass attention.


Here, let me save everyone the trouble of asking. "Do you even work in advertising?"

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Surly creative ...
140 pencils

I can imagine drivers passing this and thinkin' "Wow, that dude took a vacation with the Bearded lady and her son."

Jake The Snake's picture
Jake The Snake

Hahaha, brilliant. I love it.

Leeds United's picture
Leeds United
96 pencils

So stupid that it´s funny.

buzzetcie's picture
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Guest commenter

Haven't we seen beard to depict time passing by before?

missed my turn's picture
missed my turn
426 pencils

I would hate it week 1, week 2, and then week 3.

Roger Daly's picture
Roger Daly
359 pencils

Cooler if they were all Branson goatees.

whitespace's picture
1953 pencils

they should have the lady grow chest hair instead.

jai hind's picture
jai hind
356 pencils

poor and illogical

jai hind
art director

Adaddicted's picture
3435 pencils

They have been using the same trouser for the last 3 weeks! ; ))


Dean's picture
2 pencils

Very similar to The New Zealand Herald

dew drops's picture
dew drops
90 pencils

so in australia ladies do get beard

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Guest commenter

thats funny...even the wife has grown such a long beard
nice idea...but a bit too much exxagerated

singye's picture
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free4rmall's picture
18 pencils thy wnt 2 a plc sans of ny parlr!!! aaaaaaaaaah....i c dat!!!

Danilo's picture
52 pencils

Drawn together and family guy humor,
i like.

ogi's picture

nice guys.... i like it...

Kateter's picture
2029 pencils

if the visual would be more dominant than the headline I'd believe people would notice the difference.

but this way after 3 weeks you just notice the same billboard and don't even look at it to get the idea.

so... waste of time and money.

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you don't need week 1 and week 2. The third stands alone and is brilliant

Dale's picture
370 pencils

It's not bad, but I think it could be improved. I would like it much better if it actually used the media more.

Use the fact that the billboard is exposed to the sun and elements and tie that in to the concept. They could 'tan' in the sun or use real plants to have a jungle actually grow around them, etc etc.

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stitchy's picture
779 pencils

take a vacation and leave the blades @ home...
take a transvestite... LEAVE THE BLADES HOME
hairy boy!!! WTF

mark3r's picture
1945 pencils

I love this idea! haha!!


borges's picture
66 pencils

semple and nice..good work..

Losvanvan's picture

Ok al hombre le crece barba...pero a la mujer y al nino ?
que estupidez.
que pediran para trabajar en CumminsNitro, un coeficiente inteligente de 1.5?

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Guest commenter

stupid funny. not clever funny.

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Week 4. No beards. Gillette logo.

manugon's picture
146 pencils

Not perfect, but I gotta admit it cracked me up

sparky's picture
454 pencils

Love it.

andyg's picture

I got it straight away and it made me laugh which few ads do.

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