This hilarious Christmas story is the ultimate work-from-home nightmare

U.K. agency Wonderhood's holiday short film sees a hapless father trapped in a video call

Published On
Dec 09, 2021

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A man gets trapped—literally—in a video call in a holiday short from U.K. creative agency Wonderhood Studios. But there's a point to the horrifying scenario.

The story centers on a father, Gary, who's finishing up his last video call as his wife and kids prepare for Christmas. But when his wife goes to find him, he's somehow become stuck behind the screen.

After fruitless attempts to release him, we see them trying to get through the festive period with him trapped in his laptop. The family play charades, the couple have awkward virtual keyboard sex (eww) and gradually see their relationship flounder; the man has to watch as the wife flirts with another man at a Christmas party and goes out on her own. In the final, devastating scene around the Christmas dinner table, one of his kids "gives" him a present by closing the laptop with the gift on top and saying, "Bye Daddy!" The final message is: "Remember to switch off this Christmas."

The film stars actor Kerry Howard and actor and comedian Daniel Barker. It was directed by Joe and Tim of Odelay Films and written by Jack Croft and Stacey Bird of Wonderhood Studios. It's set to "Carol of the Bells," with vocals provided by the Bristol University Singers.

“We've uttered the words ‘I’m stuck on a call’ far too many times this year,” said Croft in a statement. “So, the thought of Christmas Day trapped in a box on a video call felt truly terrifying," added Bird. "The film is meant to make the average worker-from-homer shudder and encourage bosses to hang up the headset for the festive season.”


Dec 09, 2021
Agency :
Wonderhood Studios
Creative Director :
Jack Croft
Creative Director :
Stacey Bird
Chief Creative Officer :
Aidan McClure
Producer :
Nikki Holbrow
Production Company :
Odelay Films
Director :
Joe and Tim
Exec. Producer :
Prudence Beecroft
Production Manager :
Cesci Shepherd
Production Assistant :
Chelsea Jones-Alleyne
1st Assistant Director :
Oliver Waters
Director of Photography :
Tom Turley
Sound Recordist :
Tom Bartlett
Gaffer :
Pete Musgrave
Electrician :
Ben Desousa
Art Director :
Jessica Berry
Art Department Assistant :
Freya Hollis
Hair & Make-up Artist :
Aston Davies
Editor :
Saam Hodivala
Editor :
Shift Post
Assistant Editor :
Adam Buckmaster
Black Kite Post Producer :
Tamara Mennell
Black Kite Post Producer :
Bruce Langfield
VFX 2D Lead :
Marcus Moffatt
2D Supervisor :
Paul Wilmot
Grade :
Tom Mangham
Grade :
Black Kite Studios
Music :
Foster & Foster Music
Music :
Bristol University Singers
Music :
Elinor Cooper
Sound Design + Mix :
Dugal MacDiarmid
Sound Design + Mix :
King Lear Music & Sound
With Thanks to :
Westbay House
With Thanks to :
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With Thanks to :
SHL Film Lighting
With Thanks to :
SL Vision
With Thanks to :
Andy Jenks
With Thanks to :
Christchurch Studios
Felicity :
Kerry Howard
Felicity :
Curtis Brown
Gary :
Daniel Barker
Gary :
PBJ Management
Lucas :
Stellan Powell
Lucas :
Alphabet Management
Martha :
Margot Powell
Martha :
Alphabet Management
Grandma :
Julie Lewis
Grandpa :
Jerry Lewis
Christmas Party Guest :
Alex Austin
Christmas Party Guest :
Darcy Gilbert
Christmas Party Guest :
Eddy Yan
Christmas Party Guest :
Holly Georgious
Christmas Party Guest :
Lawrence Slater
Christmas Party Guest :
Sophie Lewis

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