THE HAIRY BANANA: ESCAPE FROM BEIRUT
Aussie expats Matt Smith and Derek Green, AKA The Hairy Banana, just managed to escape the bombings of Beirut only days before it began. “We would have punished that mini bar if we had have been stuck there,” they both claim. “But seriously, this is terrible”.
In fact, the two said they were supposed to be there but luckily for them the client asked to shoot a week earlier.
“It really hit home that we do work in volatile areas,” says Smith. Their roles at Saatchi & Saatchi are Regional Creative Directors of Central Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, based in Geneva. In fact they work for both Israel and Lebanon.
Says Smith: “it’s so sad, only the Friday before we were briefing the Lebanese team on a job and they were all so happy saying that they were glad the civil war was behind them”.
They have heard from both of their local agencies. All are ok but are not expecting the best for the next few weeks.