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Time Stands Still for Quality Family Moments in BBC Christmas Film

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Two-minute tearjerker was directed by Rogue’s Sam Brown and tells the story of a mother finding time to spend with her son

Time Stands Still for Quality Family Moments in BBC Christmas Film
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.
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Arranger: Alex Baranowski

Composer: Emmy the Great

Performer: Emmy the Great, Alex Baranowski & The London Metropolitan Orchestra


Edit Company: The Quarry

Editor: Paul Watts

Post Production / VFX

2D Lead: Gary Driver

3D Lead: Phil Maddock

Colourist: Seamus O’Kane

Post Production Company: The Mill

Post Supervisor: Gary Driver & Phil Maddock

Producer: Colin Oaten, Ian Berry

Production Company

Casting Director: Emma Stafford, Sasha Robertson

Director: Sam Brown

Director of Photography: Tom Townend

Executive Producer: Charlie Crompton

Producer: Nell Jordan

Production Company: Rogue Films

Production Designer: Drogo Michie

Production Manager: Hannah Cooney


Sound Company: Factory

Sound Design: Anthony Moore & Mark Hills


Advertiser: BBC

Clients: Chief Customer Officer

Creative Agency

Creative Agency: BBC Creative

Creatives: Edward Usher, Xander Hart

Director: Justin Bairamian

Executive Creative Director: Laurent Simon

Head of Planning: Michael Lean

Head of Production: James Wood

Planner: Rosanagh Ker

Producer: Rachel Roberts

Production Manager: Jessica Greshoff

Project Manager: Phoebe Bibbings

Genres: People, Storytelling

Categories: Media and Entertainment, TV and Radio

Rogue Films, Mon, 03 Dec 2018 09:30:01 GMT