Starship Childrens Hospital Blow

Starship Children’s Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand, launched a television advertising campaign in July 2008, looking at childhood health from the other end of the age spectrum.

Child blows three candles in Starship Blow TV commercial


The commercial focuses on an old man with a twinkle in his eye blowing out a forest of birthday candles on a cake. As he continues to blow, the clock races backwards and he becomes younger and younger – zooming back through middle age, his teenage years and finally to a seriously sick three year old, gasping and struggling for breath – unable to blow out just three candles on his birthday cake.

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The commercial features three-year-old Ethan Rae from Auckland’s North Shore. Ethan was born with a rare immune deficiency disorder but since receiving a bone marrow transplant in Starship in December 2007 he is well on the road to recovery.

DDB New Zealand by executive creative director Toby Talbot, creative team Regan Grafton and Bridget Taylor, account director Natalie Gibb, executive producer Judy Thompson, producer Chloe Sutherland.

Filming was shot by director Adam Stevens via Robber’s Dog Films with director of photography Crighton Bone, producers Mark Foster and Helen Naulls.

Post Production was done at Oktobor. Sound and music were produced at Liquidstudios, who won an award for best soundtrack at New Zealand’s 2009 Axis Awards.