A tear-jerking Christmas video has gone viral with viewers calling for John Lewis to hire the budget filmmaker for their next festive advert.
The short fictional tale racked up more than 5million views on Facebook this week after Phil Beastall posted it in response to the store’s big-budget production, shares Daily Mail.
The 32-year-old’s video, entitled Love is a Gift, shows a man – played by actor Chris Ilston – ticking off the days to Christmas, seemingly in anticipation of festivities and presents.
Instead, on the day, he opens up a cassette box – an annual tradition – and listens to a tape of his tragic mother’s final Christmas message from beyond the grave.
Since the emotional tale went viral, Mr Beastall has been inundated with messages from fans who claim the video could have been used instead of the expensive Elton John-themed John Lewis advert. (John Lewis is a major retail store)
Thousands of commenters praised the video online and admitted that it had reduced them to tears.
Mr Beastall said: ‘A lot of people are saying how it has touched them and made them feel that they can cope a little bit more this Christmas, which is amazing. I never expected that at all. To think people are getting so much from my film. I am blown away.’
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