Sainsbury's Launches Its Own 'Life in a Day' Documentary for Christmas
Fifty-Minute Film Directed By Oscar Winner Kevin MacDonald and Produced out of RSA
Nov 13, 2013
Not to be outdone by its rivals such as Marks & Spencer, John Lewis and Tesco, U.K. supermarket chain Sainsbury's is to launch a YouTube documentary, directed by Academy Award winner Kevin MacDonald (The Last King of Scotland, Touching The Void) as its festive offering.
The retailer will devote a number of its pre-Christmas TV spots to clips from the documentary, which was produced by Ridley Scott Associates and Scott Free London. The 50-minute film, fully funded by the retailer, is made up of clips from home videos of people celebrating Christmas Day. It took 14 months to create from over 360 hours of real footage submitted by 114 families all over the UK. The campaign takes inspiration from the Google crowdsourced filmLife In A Day, which Mr. MacDonald also directed and Mr. Scott produced. It too used real video clips and received over eight million YouTube views.
The film launches on November 29 on YouTube (with a premiere on November 28 at the Bafta cinema in London).The launch comes as Sainsbury's announces it has overtaken Asda to become the U.K.'s second largest retailer, behind Tesco, for the first time in a decade.