Burberry has recreated the opening scene of Billy Elliot for its Christmas advertising campaign. Starring an eye-popping celebrity cast – including Elton John, who wrote the music for the Billy Elliot stage show; and Julie Walters, who starred in the film adaptation – the Burberry homage marks the famous musical’s 15th anniversary, to the soundtrack of Cosmic Dancer by T Rex.
“Billy Elliot is an incredible film full of so much joy and energy, so it was a real thrill and a great honour to be able to celebrate its 15 year anniversary through our festive campaign,” said Christopher Bailey, Burberry chief creative and chief executive officer. “It was also a huge privilege to work with such amazing and iconic British talent – the cast are quite simply some of the biggest names in film, music and fashion and it was so much fun working with them all to make this special film.”
The Burberry Holiday 2015 festive film – which also stars models Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, returning to Burberry for the fourth time since 2008, her brother Toby Huntington-Whiteley; and Naomi Campbell, also a former face of Burberry; musicans James Bay and George Ezra; presenter James Corden; actress Michelle Dockery; and Burberry favourite Romeo Beckham – was premiered last night at the brand’s global flagship store on Regent Street in London.
Starring a cast of British actors, models and musicians: Sir Elton John, Julie Walters, Romeo Beckham, James Bay, George Ezra, Michelle Dockery, James Corden, Naomi Campbell and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.