Fleabag Star Phoebe Waller-Bridge Narrates Anomaly’s Twisted Take on ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’

British actress shines in latest dark comedy

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge had an amazing year. The British actress and playwright created and starred in not one but two TV shows—the groundbreaking sitcom Crashing and the brutally funny and tragic dark comedy Fleabag.

In Fleabag, in particular, her dialogue was unforgettable—filthy and feminist, Amy Schumer-like in its no-holds-barred honesty, but with a British bent that, for American audiences, made it feel even more exotically brilliant. All of which made her the perfect choice to narrate this new bleakly amusing holiday film from Anomaly London, which imagines the nightmarish scenario of a man who takes "The 12 Days of Christmas" literally—and actually buys all that crap for his girlfriend.

Have a look at the film here:

The concept is a bit one-note, and the piece could stand to be shorter. But it's worth it simply to hear Waller-Bridge's increasingly agitated—and obscene—narration. (The piece was written by Anomaly's Craig Ainsley, and directed by Ainsley and Ben White.)

"At Anomaly, if we find something interesting or funny or entertaining or bird-related, we just like to make it," executive creative director Oli Beale says. "And we have the people here needed to bring almost anything to life. Within reason. We're not going to, like, invent a new spaceship or something. But production wise, we can do the full shebang."


Written, Directed, Animated, Produced by Anomaly

Narrator: Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Writer: Craig Ainsley

Directors: Ben White, Craig Ainsley

Assistant Head of Family Planning: Oli Beale

Producers: Mich Bradfield, Daisy Mellors

Animators: Ben White, Douglas Pledger, Tom Malins

Illustrator: Robert Hunter, Blink Art

Typographer: Kerry Roper

Sound Design: Mark Hellaby, 750MPH

Composer: Courage, BMG

@nudd Tim Nudd is a former creative editor of Adweek.
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