Ancestry And VCCP Bring Past People Back For ‘Come Find Me’ Campaign

Ancestry And VCCP Bring Past People Back For ‘Come Find Me’ Campaign

In a new campaign working across TV, Digital and Social: Ancestry, VCCP and production partner Moth have brought people from the past alive, allowing our ancestors to make passionate appeals for us to connect directly with them.

Peter Grenfell
Posted by Peter Grenfell

Imagine if our ancestors could connect with us across time. What if we came face to face with people from the past? What would they look like? Sound like? And what stories would they have to tell?

Three separate ads feature an 1888 Barrow Girl (Costermonger), a 1788 First Fleet Convict and an 11th Century Viking leader named Kolbjorn who speaks in his native tongue of Old Norse.

VCCP founding creative director Dean Hunt talked about the campaign in more detail: “Each of these moving portraits is a simple call to action. A message from the past asking us to connect. We get a taste of each person’s world at their time in history, and hint of their story. We get to experience the fear of our First Fleet convict; the optimistic resolve of our Barrow Girl; and the raw danger of the Viking.

“Effectively this is a brand campaign with a simple direct response twist, brought to life with great production values and meaty performances.

“Working with Ancestry, Moth, and historians of each period, the team worked hard to recreate accurate art department, wardrobe and dialogue, to really do justice to the ancestors of real Australians and New Zealanders.”

Ancestry country director, Kelly Godfrey, added: “Some of us will know our immediate family history, but very few of us know about our family stories that go back hundreds of years. Ancestry’s family history website and new DNA profiling product allow us to find out who we are and go way back to where our family story began, down to our actual DNA make-up, region by region.

“We think the work does a brilliant job of inviting every Australian and New Zealander to look into their past to see what they will discover.”

The campaign will launch with three 30 second spots and will be supported with three 15 second DR spots, plus behind the scenes films, digital and social support.


Agency: VCCP

Executive Creative Director: Mark Harricks.

Founding Creative Director: Dean Hunt

Copywriter: Dean Hunt

Art Director: Mark Harricks

TV Producer: Jasmine Hellier

Group Account Director: Jill Chestnut

Planner: Livia Stefanini

Production Company: MOTH

Director: Brendon Donovan

Exec Producer: Jonathan Samway

Producer: Alistair Pratten

DOP: Anna Howard

Art Department: Ingrid Weir

Wardrobe/Makeup: Jennifer Lamphee

Client: Ancestry

Director Australia and New Zealand: Kelly Godfrey

Senior Marketing Manager: Nigel Seeto

Content Production: Grant Markert

Editing: Andreas Gruber