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Core Rolls Out Powerful Campaign for Breast Cancer Ireland

One in nine women will develop breast cancer in the course of their lifetime and some 23% of women are diagnosed between the ages of 20-50 years according to figures from Breast Cancer Ireland.

With this in mind, it has launched a new advertising campaign to highlight the misconception that it is something that only affects the over 50s.

Created by Core and Saturday Films,  the campaign encourages all women to check their breasts on a regular basis. Called ‘The Diagnosis’,  TV ad shows a mother and daughter receiving a cancer diagnosis. We assume – of course – that it is the mother who has breast cancer, and in a highly moving series of events we see the pair comfort one another as they come to terms with the diagnosis, and each recognise the preciousness of the time they spend together. In a surprising plot twist, however, we realise that it is, in fact, the daughter who has the cancer, and because it was caught early, she is going to make a full recovery.

The commercial is the first to be produced by new production company Saturday Films, and was directed by Stevie Russell and produced by Gary Moore.

According to Mike Garner, creative director, Core: “This powerful piece of work was a labour of love for everyone involved. The idea for the commercial came from the strategist working on the account, Jay Reid, whose mother is a recent cancer survivor. Jay’s idea was brought to life beautifully by director Stevie Russell and the team at Saturday Films.”

Aisling Hurley, CEO Breast Cancer Ireland, adds: “Because earlier detection saves lives we feel it is essential that we get women of all ages to check their breasts on a regular basis. Unfortunately, currently only 26% of women do this. We believe that this commercial as part of the broader #MakeTime2Check campaign will begin to make this a behaviour that the vast majority of women begin to adopt, whatever their age.”


Client: Breast Cancer Ireland
Director of PR & External Affairs: Nicky Crighton
Development Manager: Samantha McGregor
Chief Executive Officer: Aisling Hurley
Agency: Core
Executive Creative Director: Liam Wielopolski
Creative Director: Mike Garner
Strategy Director: Jay Reid
Client Manager: Sophie Burke
Concept: Jay Reid
Research Director: Guy Perrem
Research Executive: Alana Devitt
Broadcast Producer: Anita McMenamin
Director: Stevie Russell
Producer: Gary Moore
PM: Mike Donnelly V
HOP: Treasa O’Friel
Casting: Ali Coffey Casting
DOP: Ivan McCullough
Production Design: Kate Moylan
Make up & Prosthetics: Aisling Quinn
Stylist: Mo Ni Bheachain
Gaffer: Eoin O’Hagan
Sound: Kiwi Horgan
Composer: Stellar Sound
Editor: Stevie Russell
Grade: Mike Donnelly V

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