Friday Film Club: Festive Edition

 

It’s a most wonderful time of year, and here at LBSW HQ we’re gearing up for Christmas in the best way possible – watching festive films! When it comes to the perfect Yuletide treat, there’s nothing better than snuggling up with a mince pie (or three) and a good flick. We’re particularly excited for The Man Who Invented Christmas – the real story of how Dickens came up with A Christmas Carol. Starring Dan Stevens as Charles Dickens, and based on the book by Les Standiford, discover how Dickens brought to life the famous and much-loved characters from A Christmas Carol and changed the holiday season in to the celebration we know today.

All this talk of Christmas films got us talking about our favourite book to screen adaptations (and one screen to book adaptation!) After some hot debate, here is a roundup of our current top films to see you through the Christmas season…

Elf

You can’t help but be filled with the festive spirit thanks to this heart-warming tale of Buddy the Elf. Buddy’s cheerful nature is contagious and this film will leave you smiling for the whole of December, and with a new appreciation for maple syrup.

A Christmas Carol

No matter which adaptation you watch, this classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his journey to a merry Christmas is sure to warm your heart. Our favourite version, however, has to be the 1984 adaptation starring George C. Scott, Edward Woodward and David Warner.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas was adapted for the big screen in 2000, and it became an instant hit. Jim Carrey’s Grinch decides to ruin Christmas for everyone, but things don’t go to plan and he soon finds himself full of Christmas cheer.

It’s a Wonderful Life

Frank Capra’s black and white classic is a stalwart of Christmas films. Released in 1946, this cherished movie was initially a flop at the box office, but now regularly tops lists of the best Christmas flicks. Enjoy with a glass of mulled wine.

The Nightmare before Christmas

Not Christmassy, you say? We beg to differ. The Nightmare before Christmas features all the essentials for a Christmas film – Santa Claus, musical numbers, and festive spirit in abundance.

Miracle on 34th Street

Nothing brings on Christmas cheer more than Miracle on 34th Street, starring Mara Wilson and Richard Attenborough. This uplifting tale of belief in the spirit of Christmas is an all-time favourite, and is the fourth remake of the original 1947 film, proving its timeless popularity.

The Polar Express

One for the whole family, this is the perfect post-Christmas dinner film. Joining a young boy on a magical train ride to the North Pole, this film will fill you with Christmas spirit.

 

 

The Man Who Invented Christmas is in cinemas now.

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