Tuesday, October 29, 2013

News: The Christmas Candle (2013)

I found news about this movie on Facebook recently and was immediately intruiged by the story, cast and time period. It's also based on a story by Christian author Max Lucado so faith in God will be a big theme. 

This movie looks like a really good family holiday film and it's coming to select cinemas in the USA November 22nd!

"From bestselling author, Max Lucado, comes THE CHRISTMAS CANDLE, a timeless holiday film for the entire family.
Deep in the heart of the English countryside lies the enchanting village of Gladbury. Legend has it every 25 years an angel visits the village candlemaker and touches a single candle. Whoever lights this candle receives a miracle on Christmas Eve. But in 1890, at the dawn of the electric age, this centuries old legend may come to an end.
When David Richmond (Hans Matheson), a progressive young minister, arrives in Gladbury, the villagers discover a new formula for miracles: good deeds and acts of kindness. While David's quest to modernize Gladbury sets him at odds with the old world candlemaker, he finds an unlikely ally in the lovely skeptic, Emily Barstow (Samantha Barks). Now, the fiery candlemaker must fight to preserve the legacy of the Christmas Candle. But when the candle goes missing, the miraculous and human collide in the most astonishing Christmas the village of Gladbury has ever seen." - from Official Website

Official Trailer:

There's several period drama actors in The Christmas Candle that I'm excited to see in these type of roles!

Hans Matheson as David Richmond
Period Dramas: Poldark (1996), Les Miserables (1998 as Marius), Doctor Zhivago (2002), The Tudors (TV series, not recommended), Tess of the D'Urbervilles (2008, as Alec D'Urberville), Sherlock Holmes (2009).
Thoughts: His past period drama characters have been creepy sometimes so it will be nice to seem him play a minister in this film.

Samantha Barks as Emily Barstow
Period Dramas: Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert, Les Miserables (2012 as Eponine).
Thoughts: So excited to see Samantha in another film and another period drama role! She looks so pretty in the 1800's costumes! It really makes me wonder if there might be some singing in this film.

Lesley Manville as Bea Haddington
Period Dramas: David Copperfield (2000), North & South (2004, as Mrs. Hale), Poirot (TV series), Cranford (2007, Mrs. Rose), 
Thoughts: Always enjoy her performances and happy to see her in another period drama role! 

Sylvester McCoy as Edward Haddington
Period Dramas: The Hobbit (as Radagast), Doctor Who (1987-1989, seventh Doctor)
Thoughts: He made a very quirky Doctor and an interesting wizard, it's neat to see him in Victorian garb.

James Cosmo as Herbert Hopewell
Period Dramas: Emma (1996, Mr. Weston), Merlin (TV series), The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (as Father Christmas), Ivanhoe (1997), Braveheart, The House of Eliott (TV series).
Thoughts: He's a big Scottish bloke and it's actually kinda funny to me seeing him in period costume. His character looks like a businessman.

Susan Boyle as Eleanor Hopewell
Period Dramas: Her film debut!
Thoughts: This looks like it will be a wonderful role for her film debut, she looks great in period costume! Now I'm really wondering if there might be some singing in this film!

Barbara Flynn as Lady Camdon
Period Dramas: Cranford (Mrs. Jamieson), Miss Potter, He Knew He Was Right, Poirot, Horatio Hornblower, The Forsyte Saga, Lorna Doone, Wives & Daughters, The Barchester Chronicles.
Thoughts: A period film wouldn't be a period film without her! So glad to see her in yet another lovely role!

John Hannah as William Barstow
Period Dramas: Poirot (TV series), Miss Marple (TV series), The Mummy movies,.
Thoughts: He's Scottish and I always enjoy seeing him pop up from time to time in films. 


Does The Christmas Candle (2013) look interesting?

Does having Susan Boyle and Samantha Barks in this film say singing to you?


Anonymous said...

Susan Boyle does sing in this movie, a brand new song 'Miracle Hymn'. She sings parts in a few scenes, and then the entire song at the end. The song is on her new album 'Home For Christmas' just out today in North America, really beautiful

Delvalina said...

Wow! Cant wait for this movie.

I am so thrilled when I come to this post!! :D Thank you for posting.

I love the you layout of your blog. It's just so lovely.


Emma Jane said...

This looks like a very charming Christmas movie! I'm not familiar with the book or the story, but it sounds very intersting. And with so many wonderful actors, it's bound to be good! That Barbara Flynn just pops up in almost everything, doesn't she? : )


Elizabeth said...

Oh this looks so good! Thanks for letting us know.


Gill said...

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. I hope it will be showing in Europe too.

Elisa said...

I recognized a few faces on the cast.
So far, in the metro Washington, DC area, there are 2 theaters in VA showing it.

Katelyn said...

I love this book and can't wait to see the movie! So excited to see so many period actors and the possibility of some singing by some excellent voices. Thanks for letting us know.

Anonymous said...

I loved the movie .We saw the movie in at the Heartland film festival in Indianapolis last month and it is a very good movie. I think it is one you will want to see over and over.
Please try to see it if it comes to a theater near you.i

Jessica said...

It looks very interesting. I love good Christmas movies! I'm hoping it comes out on DVD soon. Do you know anything about when it might?

graysea said...

My daughter, son-in-law and I just saw The Christmas Candle three times in four days and we loved it. We recommend it to all who are looking for a very fine Christmas story of hope, caring and family. It was stunning to hear Susan Boyle singing "Miracle Hymn" in the movie. Really gets to you. The Christmas Candle is a beautiful story the entire family can enjoy! I even shed some tears when I watched it. It's a very beautiful movie that will be around for a very long time. Can't wait to see it again.

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