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Filmmaker Behind £50 'Rival John Lewis Advert' Releases Another Christmas Tear-Jerker

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Filmmaker Behind £50 'Rival John Lewis Advert' Releases Another Christmas Tear-Jerker

The filmmaker that left viewers in tears back in 2018 with his ad that gave John Lewis a run for their money has done it again. Grab the tissues, folks:

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Phil Beastall has this time focused on the heart-breaking experience of celebrating Christmas after the death of a loved one.

The 34-year's old video for modern time capsule app Memories shares the poignant story of a man getting a Christmas video message from his mum beyond the grave.

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Phil said he hoped viewers would find A Gift They'll Never Forget's emotional message uplifting - that having memories of loved ones to share is something to celebrate.

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Credit: Kennedy News and Media

The filmmaker went viral in 2018 with his Love Is a Gift Video, which has been viewed more than 50 million times in the UK and was hailed as superior to that year's John Lewis ad.

Phil, from Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, said: "For me this has been a labour of love, not just the last two months but for the last few years.

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"I'm so proud of this film and with the year that we've had it really makes it feel extra special, it's amazing. Sadly we can all relate to the situation but hopefully people can take a positive from it.

"It's obviously very sad when we lose someone but equally to be able to have had that experience and to have known someone is something to celebrate."

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Credit: Kennedy News and Media

The ad opens with a man glancing at a hand-drawn portrait of a pretty young woman before rushing downstairs to select a present from under the Christmas tree.

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He then travels to a beautiful coastal location, seemingly as if to meet the woman, and exchange gifts. As he glances pensively out to sea he's distracted by a message on his phone and tearfully watches a video Christmas message from his mum from beyond the grave.

The emotional man watches as his mum, years earlier at the same beach with him as a little boy, wishes him a happy Christmas.

She then says she hopes he gets the chance to have the same experience at the beach with his children and tearfully apologises for not being able to be there with him.

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The man watches footage of himself as a young boy putting a padlock on a fence with both their initials on it. The scene then cuts to the modern day and shows the man open the gift box containing a signed padlock.

He places it on the same fence, alongside many others, continuing the sweet mother and son tradition.

The film features a new Memories Group feature called Future Messages, which allows the user to send messages to loved ones in the future.

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With millions facing a different kind of Christmas this year, Phil said it was important to make and share memories with loved ones even if physically apart.

Phil said: "I think it's about being connected even when you're not physically. I've definitely experienced this. Because we've been stuck at home for so long it's quite easy to lose contact with family and friends and I think we need to put that extra effort to call people and share memories.

"It's about being connected even when you're not physically. Memories is something we can all share and relate to and that's a great way to bring people back together again."

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Credit: Kennedy News and Media

Phil, who is head of film and video at Memories, said: "For us this isn't just about selling a product, it's about changing behaviours and presenting this great platform that people can use to celebrate life and do something for our loved ones many years in the future.

"Watching something and reacting is one thing but then for people to do something off the back of it I think shows the power of film as a tool."

You can find out more about the app here - www.memories.net

Featured Image Credit: Kennedy News and Media

Topics: Viral, Christmas Advert, Community

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