Dougal Wilson

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Dougal Wilson (born 1971) is a director of commercials and music videos.

Wilson was born in Heswall, England. After studying astrophysics at Durham University, he worked as a copywriter at the Leith advertising agency in Edinburgh before moving to London to pursue a career as a director.

His music videos include "Satisfaction" for Benny Benassi, "Tribulations" for LCD Soundsystem, "Who Am I" for Will Young, "Take Me Back to Your House" for Basement Jaxx,[1] "Don't Let Him Waste Your Time" for Jarvis Cocker, "What's a Girl to Do?" for Bat for Lashes,[2] "Happiness" and "A&E" for Goldfrapp,[2] and "Life in Technicolor II" for Coldplay.[2]

He has directed commercials for companies such as Orange, Stella Artois, Olympus, Becks, Coca-Cola, and Apple.

Wilson has twice won Best Director at the UK Creative and Design Awards (in 2004 [3] and 2005 [4]), as well as having won Gold, Silver and Bronze Lions at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival [5] [6] and D&AD awards in 2006 [7] and 2008. [8]

In 2008, he directed a short film (a silent comedy homage) for Sky Arts and the English National Opera, based on The Barber of Seville aria "Largo al factotum".[2]

Wilson was pictured on the front cover of the March 2009 edition of Creativity Magazine wearing a jetpack and seemingly hovering a few feet above the ground in front of a car park. Inside, he leads the edition's main article, 'Directing 101', in which '15 top directors' dispense advice learned on the job. [9]

In October 2010, a short film directed by Wilson entitled No Pressure was released by the 10:10 campaign in Britain to spread awareness of climate change. The film was written by Richard Curtis and showed highly contested scenes of violence.[10][11][12][13] The film was finally withdrawn by the 10:10 campaign.[14]


  1. ^ Sawyer, Miranda (September 17, 2006). "Internet spared the video star". London: The Observer. Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
  2. ^ a b c d Higgins, Charlotte (January 26, 2009). "ENO hires unlikely trio to make TV opera films". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
  3. ^ "The Winners CADS '04 Music Vision Awards". Music Week. Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
  4. ^ "Wilson Triumphs at Cads 05". Music Week. Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
  5. ^ "Film Lions 2007". Cannes Lions Archive. Archived from the original on 2008-08-01. Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
  6. ^ "Dougal Wilson". Archived from the original on January 6, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
  7. ^ "2006 D&AD Broadcast Yellow Pencil Winners". AdLand's Commercial Archive. 2006-05-29. Archived from the original on 2009-09-06. Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
  8. ^ "D&AD Awards 2008 TV & Cinema Crafts". D&AD Awards. Archived from the original on April 2, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
  9. ^ "Directing 101: The 2009 Directors Special Report". Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
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