Boag’s Draught Pure Waters of Tasmania

Boag’s Draught, a beer developed by Lion Nathan in Australia, is being associated with the pure waters of Tasmania in a television advertising campaign launched on February 22. What goes into the water comes out improved, from a push bike to a motor bike, from a knife to a light saber…

Boag's Draught site

Three television commercials, 60, 30 and 15 seconds, introduce us to the transforming powers of the Tasmanian water. An old narrator, played by John Flaus, holds a ukelele, then guitar then balalaika, telling the imaginative story of how the pure waters of Tasmania are special, and have the power to make things better. The local community gathers to dunk a wide range of objects into the water and receive improved and somewhat surprising versions in return.

A consumer website,, is currently being developed by Holler Sydney. Currently the site provides links to the James Boag’s YouTube channel.


The Pure Waters campaign was developed at Publicis Mojo, Sydney, by creative director Micah Walker, senior art director Steve Wakelam, senior copywriter Grant McAloon, agency producer Jasmin Ferguson, account service team Simon Ludowyke, Tara Seymour, and head of strategy Nicole Milward.

Filming was shot by director Steve Rogers via Revolver Film with director of photography Geoffrey Simpson, producer Michael Ritchie, production designer Steven Jones-Evans.

Editor was Alexandre De Franceschi at Guillotine. Visual effects were designed at Fin Design & Effects, supervised by Justin Bromiley. Colourist was Ben Eagleton at Bean Colour.

Sound was designed by Simon Lister at Nylon Studios. Music was composed by Elliott Wheeler.

  • Nathan

    Great work from Boags.
    Came across this. Somebody’s asked the question, ‘what would you get if you put a bottle of Boags in the special water?’
    Cheeky question, cheeky answer

  • Ben

    Fantastic Ad. I think the music is absolutely brilliant.

    I am in the market to buy myself a dobro and then this ad come out and I was sold. I NEED A DOBRO.

    I understand Elliott Wheeler composed the music used in the advert. I have trawled the internet trying to find a way where I can get a hold of the music. I am a big fan.

    Anybody able to point me in the right direction?


  • Sean

    The last instrument is a Sitar rather than a Balalaika.