London based director Kim Gehrig was the most awarded female director in 2016’s Gunn Report. Her diverse body of work spans commercials, music videos, documentaries, short films and branded entertainment.
Kim started her creative life studying at Central St Martins, from there she became an art director working with London based agency Mother. It wasn’t long before she was drawn into directing her own work, and started amassing video commissions from Calvin Harris, Primal Scream and Mark Ronson. It was Wiley’s ‘Cash in my Pocket’ video that launched her into the limelight and won her her first UK Music Video Award.
Kim started working in the commercials industry with a highly recognised ‘You Are Powerful’ for Amnesty International, winning silver at Cannes Lions. She followed up with ‘You’ll Always Find Me in the Kitchen at Parties’ for IKEA and a debut feature documentary ‘Beat 2012’ in collaboration with Coca Cola and Mark Ronson which explored talent in sport and music.
In 2015, three outstanding commercial pieces by Kim were released to a host of major accolades. One of these, the vastly successful, ’This Girl Can’ piece for Sport England won a coveted Glass Lion and three Gold Lions at Cannes, seven Creative Circle awards, a D&AD pencil, three British Arrows Awards and a silver Clio. This recognition combined with plaudits for her Honda ‘Stepping’ spot and heaps of deserved praise for her directorial effort on John Lewis’ tear-jerking Christmas campaign ‘The Man on the Moon’ saw her named Campaign Magazine’s Director of the Year.
In 2017 Kim helmed a campaign centrepiece for Eurostar, acting as co-creative director for ‘Travel State of Mind’ and directing the spot released in the UK, Belgium and France. She also directed the powerful follow up to ‘This Girl Can’ incorporating a wider age-group of women which has already collected two Cannes Lions and three British Arrows. Most recently she directed an expertly choreographed piece for Uber’s first international television campaign, ‘Effortless Night’.
Kim’s latest passion project is a short film which explores Australian masculinity in her home town of Sydney. ‘You Think You’re a Man’ is due for release this summer.