Kyle Lewis directs Ungovernable BMW commercial

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Cape Town-based director Kyle Lewis, who recently signed to Egg Films for commercials representation, has released Ungovernable, a new ad for the first-ever BMW X2.

OpenCo’s creative team of Kyle Schoeman and Nicola Sprawson invited Lewis to workshop the script with them. The piece is an ode to “those who tear normal up” – something Lewis has become known for himself.

“BMW is a great example of why we’re so excited to represent Kyle for commercials,” says Colin Howard, Egg Films’ managing director. “Kyle is now getting opportunities to show his broader talent, with advertising as his main focus.”

Leading international trade Shots called Ungovernable “inspiring” and Lewis “legendary.” This is his eighth feature on Shots in just over two years – the most of any South African director during this time.

Lewis thanked everyone he worked with on BMW, including producer Will Nicholson, DOP Willie Nel, editor Jade Bowyer (PostModern), stylist Nola Williams, art director Gerhard van Zyl and composer Tapiwa Musvosvi.

Having made his name as one of South Africa’s most acclaimed music video directors, Lewis transitioned seamlessly into advertising with Egg’s sister company, Arcade Content, where his instinct and flair for African youth culture has been in demand with everyone from Absolut to Nike to Volkswagen over the last three-and-a-half years. Recent advertising accolades include a Gold Loerie and Silver Bookmark and Apex awards.

Arcade Content will continue to represent Lewis for brand films and music videos; he’s represented in the UK by Black Dog Films – the music video arm of RSA Films (Ridley Scott & Associates), which also reps the likes of multiple Grammy and MTV VMA winner Jonas Akerlund.

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Kevin Kriedemann
Kevin consults on PR and marketing for Africa’s film industry. Current clients include Showmax, Triggerfish and Tulips and Chimneys; previous clients include Al Jazeera, Egg, Encounters, Film Afrika, and the Oscar-nominated short films Asad and Revolting Rhymes. Before changing sides, Kevin edited The Callsheet and The Filmmakers Guide To South Africa and freelanced for the likes of Variety and The Hollywood Reporter as a journalist. He’s also co-founder of Africa.film, a site where you can watch Africa's best videos, as chosen by the continent's best filmmakers and the world's top film festivals and websites.

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