It’s been 15 years since Billy Elliot was released, earning itself a part in British movie history. To celebrate that fact, Burberry, another great British institution, has taken the dance-themed film as its inspiration for its 2015 festive campaign.
Now this might be old news, but what better time to share this news, right in time for some christmas cheer!
Want to know more? Here’s how it goes:
Elton John and Julie Walters lead a pack of British talent. Both, of course, have ties to Billy Elliot; Walters starred as dance teacher Sandra Wilkinson in the original film, while Elton wrote the music for the film’s hugely-successful stage adaptation, Billy Elliot the Musical.
Joining them is comedian James Corden, actress Michelle Dockery (better known as Downton Abbey’s Lady Mary), musicians James Bay and George Ezra, Romeo Beckham – for whom it’s the second Burberry Christmas campaign – models Naomi Campbell and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, as well as Rosie’s brother Toby, who is welcomed into the Burberry fold for the first time.
Now here’s the best part:
Burberry has donated £500,000 in recognition of each artist’s participation in the festive campaign to two charities that help young people in the North of England community of Easington where Billy Elliot was filmed.
Now that’s what I call a Merry Christmas!