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Burberry taps A-listers for flashback holiday film

Published 01/11/2016

Domhnall Gleeson
Domhnall Gleeson

Burberry founder Thomas Burberry is the centre of the brand's new Christmas film, with actor Domhnall Gleeson playing the late designer.

Domhnall Gleeson and Sienna Miller lead an A-list cast in Burberry's new Christmas film.

The Irish actor and Burnt actress, along with Lily James and Dominic West, appear in The Tale of Thomas Burberry, a holiday project helmed by Amy director Asif Kapadia.

Also coinciding with Burberry's 160th anniversary, the movie showcases milestone moments in founder Thomas' life, including inventing the brand's famous trench coat. There are also some personal memories featured, as Sienna plays the designer's first love Sara, with Domhnall starring as Thomas himself.

“The film we have made is a brief glimpse inspired by his full and extraordinary life, which threaded its way through the history of the twentieth century in all its tumultuous highs and lows,” Burberry CEO and designer Christopher Bailey said in a statement. “His spirit and his vision are still at the heart of everything we do at Burberry today.”

About Time actor Domhnall looks dapper as Thomas, wearing a suit throughout, while Dominic's businessman alter ego tasks the fashion star with creating gear for a team to wear during an expedition to Antarctica. Lily meanwhile appears to play a muse called Miss Dawson, who questions Thomas on his dreams.

“Christopher is obviously an incredibly gifted designer, but he’s also a really good man, and I love that,” Domhnall added. “To work with him and his team and Asif and the amazing crew and cast was an honour because I got to be a part of something really creative and exciting with a team of people who are each at the top of their field. Coming together to bring the story to life was a brilliant experience, and also somehow managed to be very fun.”

The film is available to watch online now.

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