DAVID reviews

3 December 2017

BBC: Let's dance.

by Jason Stone


BBC: “The Supporting Act” - 2 mins

While many distract themselves with the need to create an entirely new approach at Christmas, others recognise the value of an old story... when it's retold really well. The BBC's pièce de résistance this year is exactly that - a familiar tale that's been told so beautifully that it will bring tears to many an eye when it's broadcast over the festive period.

It fashions its tale of inadvertent parental neglect around the mixed blessing of the mobile phone... a device that's formed a series of black holes at the centre of family life, sucking our attention away from each other in favour of notifications from afar.

In this case, 'dad' is too busy addressing the concerns of colleagues to pay full attention to his daughter and her endless practising for a school talent competition. But when push comes to shove maybe he's noticed a bit more than she thinks and on being offered the opportunity to make amends, he grabs it with gusto and shows her the value of familial togetherness.

Elliot Dear's animation is out of this world. The movement is amazing and the sweeping cinematic treatment gives it real heft. The denouement is incredibly moving and it wouldn't be at all surprising if - among all the televisual delights brought to us by the BBC over Christmas - this little film heralding the coming entertainment proves more popular than the programming it advertises.


Creative Agency: BBC Creative
ECD: Aidan McClure / Laurent Simon
Creative: Amar Marwaha / Arvid Harnqist
Project Manager: Astrid Reiner
TV Producer: Ken Rodrigues
Film Production: BlinkInk Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Elliot Dear Ⓦ
Producer: Benjamin Lole
Production M'ger: Alex Holberton
Executive Producer: Bart Yates
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