This is a festive and light-hearted feature about the most iconic Christmas story ever written, and the genius behind it, The Man Who Invented Christmas, starring Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey, Beauty and the Beast), will be released in Irish cinemas on Friday 1st December. The film tells the story of how Dickens wrote his classic book, A Christmas Carol, and how he dreamed up the character of Scrooge.
In 1843, Dickens was a literary rock star, but struggling financially, after the slow sales of his previous novel, Martin Chuzzlewit. Seized with the vision of a story that would fire the hearts of humanity, Dickens pitched his publishers A Christmas Carol, but they passed.
Desperate, Dickens declared he would publish it himself. Slipping into the world of his novel, he spent the next six weeks laughing and arguing with his characters, acting out scenes like a madman on the streets of London for hours on end. His family and friends worried he was going insane, but Dickens prevailed and finished just before Christmas, creating a masterpiece which gave birth to the Christmas we know and love today.
Directed by Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Spooks), the film, which shot on location in Ireland, sees Stevens play a young Charles Dickens, alongside Jonathan Pryce (Game of Thrones) as his father, and Christopher Plummer (The Sound of Music) as the stony-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge, and has a strong Irish supporting cast including David McSavage, Ger Ryan, and Anna Murphy.
The film will have its Irish premiere at the Cork Film Festival later this month, where it is set to open the festival.
A film for all ages, The Man Who Invented Christmas will be released in Irish cinemas by Thunderbird.
In Cinemas Friday 1st December!