Two-minute tearjerker was directed by Rogue’s Sam Brown and tells the story of a mother finding time to spend with her son
The BBC has released an emotional short film for Christmas. ‘Wonderland’ tells the tale of a busy working mother struggling to make the time to spend with her teenage son. Eventually something magical happens - time freezes and the two are able to enjoy each other’s company without the pressures of life keeping them apart.
Following last year’s festive campaign - an animated spectacular called ‘The Supporting Act’ that focused on the similar theme of a single father’s relationship with his daughter - this story is also the second BBC Christmas campaign written in-house by BBC Creative. It centres on the theme of ‘Oneness’ that has been the BBC’s platform for over a year now.
The film has been created for BBC One by BBC Creative, the BBC’s in-house creative agency. Creatives were Edward Usher and Xander Hart working in to executive creative director Laurent Simon and director of BBC Creative, Justin Bairamian. The film was directed by Sam Brown through Rogue Films. Cast was chosen from the length and breadth of the UK, and the film was largely shot on location in Cromer, North Norfolk.
The original music for the film is Emmy the Great’s ‘Lost in You’. The re-recording for the film was composed by Alex Baranowski and performed by Emmy the Great and London Metropolitan Orchestra.
Charlotte Moore, director of content at the BBC said: “This wonderful film tells a story that I’m sure many of us will relate to. It beautifully compliments BBC One which is all about enjoyment and sharing special moments together. ”
Kerry Moss, BBC portfolio head of marketing said: “This year’s BBC One Christmas film celebrates the channel’s role in bringing people together. It draws on the insight that at Christmas, time appears almost to stand still, enabling us to escape the distractions of everyday life to be with those to whom we’re closest.”
Laurent Simon, executive creative director at BBC Creative, said: “Last year, we were a late entry into the competitive world of Christmas campaigns, and yet managed to take one or two people by surprise. So this year, we were keen to follow up with something just as captivating. I’m incredibly proud of the work my team has done and we hope everybody loves it as much as we do.”
The film is available from Saturday (December 1st) on BBC iPlayer and the BBC’s social media channels and will be televised for the first time after Strictly Come Dancing on BBC One.