Great Northern Brewing Co. encourages Aussies to reconnect in latest campaign via TBWA Sydney


2020 for Aussies has been tough. The fires, the floods and then COVID-19 has given Australians a newfound appreciation for the importance of the bonds we share with each other and the great outdoors. As we regain more freedom, the desire to reconnect with both has become a powerful urge. So Great Northern Brewing Co. is launching The Great Return via TBWA\Sydney, inspiring Australians to reconnect with each other and nature by planning a camping trip with their crew.


The campaign launches with a long-form spot directed by Patrick Fileti from 13CO. The film features real friends, Wil Ridley and Ross Walker. Their story is one that will be familiar to us all in these difficult days. Both have lost their jobs due to the pandemic, and are facing an uncertain future, They are in need of the optimism and grounding that friendship and Australia’s great outdoors can bring. Their story will be aired on TV from July 19 as well as digital and social channels, including Facebook and YouTube.

To facilitate ‘The Great Return’, a campaign microsite has been created to help inspire the next adventure. The website has mapped out photos of the best fishing, off-road, swimming and hiking spots recommended by Great Northern drinkers, as well as the best watering holes to grab a Great Northern. Users can upload a recommendation to the website of their favourite campsite or location for an outdoor activity, or send a free personalised physical postcard to family or friends, to inspire everyone to start planning for their next trip. It also includes links to book campsites through CamperMate and links to regional tourism bodies for users to find out more about each tagged location.

Says Antonia Ciorciari, senior brand lead, Great Northern Brewing Co.: “Great Northern’s heart and home is in the great outdoors. It’s been a tough few months with fires, floods and restrictions keeping us away from the places and people we love. We wanted to do something to help get Australians travelling again to places they’re allowed go, to encourage people to explore their own backyard and give everyone something to look forward to.”

Sats Andy DiLallo, chief creative officer of TBWA Sydney: “This year is uniquely suited to a campaign like The Great Return. The importance of friendships and our environment have never been felt more acutely. To remind people that those bonds can be strengthened in the great outdoors makes Great Northern’s purpose top of mind at a time when it’s never been more relevant.”

To take part in The Great Return visit

Client: CUB, Great Northern Brewing Co

Creative: TBWA Sydney 

Production Company: 13CO 
Director: Patrick Fileti
DOP: Campbell Brown
Executive Producers: Roy De Giorgio, Charity Downing
Producer: Warren Keuning

Post Production & Sound Design: BOLT 
Editor Offline – Patrick Fileti
Grade – Matt Fezz

Casting – Stevie Ray CGA

PR: Sequel PR

Social & Website: CUB HOUSE