• Coca-Cola has released a new film featuring iconic Coke Zero Sugar ad star ‘Mr. Hadley’ – who talks about the very personal reason filming the Pride scene meant so much to him
  • The film and supporting digital OOH will be showcased across Piccadilly Circus during London Pride
  • Coca-Cola is an official sponsor of Brighton Pride 2018 and a member of INvolve, a membership organisation helping companies harness LGBT+, ethnic minority and female talent and foster inclusive cultures

Coca-Cola continues support for LGBT+ community

TUESDAY, 3 JULY 2018:  To celebrate Pride 2018 and show its continued support for the LGBT+ community, Coca-Cola Great Britain has released a short online film which goes behind the scenes of ‘First Taste’ – the Coca-Cola Zero Sugar TVC released earlier this year, featuring thrill-seeking octogenarian Mr. Hadley.

During the TVC, inspired from having taken his first-ever taste of Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, Mr Hadley breaks free from his retirement home and amongst other firsts, experiences his first Pride parade.

Going behind the scenes, the new 45 second film released by Coca-Cola is narrated by Nicolas Coster, the actor who played Mr Hadley in the ad. Dedicated to the memory of his son who was part of the LGBT+ community and tragically passed away two years ago at the age of 26, Nicolas talks about the time his son took him clubbing, alongside his hopes for what the scene in the advert might achieve. 

Alongside the new online film, specially created Pride ads will be showcased across the brand’s iconic Piccadilly sign during London Pride, between 4-11 July and in addition, Coca-Cola will become an official sponsor of Pride Brighton – which takes place between 3-5 August. At both events, Coca-Cola will give away drinks, offering people the opportunity to try Coca-Cola Zero Sugar.

The release of the film follows a number of creatives which aim to inspire inclusivity and equality, including last year’s Pool Boy.  One of Coca-Cola’s most popular ads to date, it showed a brother and sister competing for the attention of the pool boy, only to beaten by a surprising member of the family. The brand also recently launched limited-edition ‘Love’ cans in Australia which supported marriage equality by spelling out ‘love’ across two cans, using the brand’s iconic Spencerian script.

In addition to the new creatives, Coca-Cola Great Britain is also announcing a new partnership with INvolve (encompassing OUTstanding, EMpower and HERoes) a membership organisation working with businesses to drive positive change and sustainable growth through diversity and inclusion. The partnership will help Coca-Cola nurture their diverse talent pipeline through development programmes, events and the celebration of role models, facilitating the inclusion of LGBT+, ethnic minority and female talent at Coca-Cola.

Alec Mellor, Marketing Manager at Coca-Cola Great Britain said: “Coca-Cola has always valued diversity and equality – both internally in the business as well as externally in its marketing. We’re pleased to be supporting this year’s Pride with a number of exciting activities, including a take-over of our iconic Piccadilly Sign, which all aim to inspire and enable people to come together. Pride is an important opportunity to celebrate these values and for people to come together and have fun.”

‘First Taste’ was shot in Barcelona by Garage Films with director Albert Uria. All extras featured in the Pride scene are members of the Barcelona LGBTQ+ community.