Film fans were given an extra Christmas treat to look forward to, as major new feature film Get Santa, starring Oscar®-winning actor Jim Broadbent, screened at cinemas December 2014. The heartwarming festive comedy features a starred studded cast, including Rafe Spall, Warwick Davies, Jodie Whittaker and Stephen Graham. Get Santa filmed in Yorkshire at locations including Leeds, Wetherby, Keighley, Bradford and Harewood House, following investment from Screen Yorkshire through its Yorkshire Content Fund. Get Santa is written and directed by Christopher Smith produced by Liza Marshall for Ridley Scott’s Scott Free London, backed by Screen Yorkshire, Warner Bros. UK, BFI and Altitude Film Entertainment.
Sally Joynson, Chief Executive, Screen Yorkshire says:
”We’re incredibly proud to have attracted such a high profile production to Yorkshire. Scott Free has brought together an exemplary team of filmmakers with an unbeatable British cast to deliver a delightful new Christmas classic . The response to ‘Get Santa’ so far has been outstanding and we’re confident that it will enchant and entertain family audiences for many years to come.”
Days before Christmas, reindeers are found running loose through the streets of London. 9-year-old TOM (played by newcomer Kit Connor) hears rustling outside his house and is astonished to discover Santa (Jim Broadbent) in the garden shed. Escaping the wreckage of his sleigh and desperate to return to Lapland, Santa has come to ask Tom and his dad STEVE (Rafe Spall) for help. But Steve has just been released from prison and all he wants is to stay out of trouble and spend time with his son. Only after Santa is arrested – for trying to liberate his reindeer from Battersea Dogs Home – can Tom persuade Steve to carry out Santa’s madcap plan. Whilst Santa adjusts to life on the inside, Steve and Tom are on the run with the clock ticking, on a desperate quest to save Christmas.
The Daily Star: ”A new Christmas classic!”
HeyUguys: ”Get Santa strikes that rare and yet perfect balance in appealing to children and parents alike.”
Digital Spy: ”A warm and witty family caper”
Yorkshire Evening Post: ”The winter heart warmer filmed in Leeds. An uplifting resolution that is strongly reminiscent of Spielberg’s classic E.T”
Get Santa is written and directed by Christopher Smith (Black Death, Severance) and stars Jim Broadbent (Cloud Atlas, The Iron Lady, Harry Potter film series), as “Santa”, Rafe Spall (Prometheus, I Give It a Year, Life of Pi) as “Steve”, Stephen Graham (This is England, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Gangs of New York) as “Barber”, Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting, Snatch, Black Hawk Down) as “PC Finkerton”, Jodie Whittaker (Attack The Block, Venus) as “Alison”, Warwick Davis (Harry Potter film series, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi), Joanna Scanlan (The Invisible Woman, Notes on a Scandal) and Nonso Anozie (The Grey, Dracula). The cast also includes Perry Benson (This is England, Somers Town) Matt King (RocknRolla, Inkheart), Joshua McGuire (About Time, The Hour) and Hera Hilmar (Da Vinci’s Demons, Anna Karenina). Chris Ross (Black Sea, Spike Island) is the film’s Director of Photography, with Production Designer John Frankish (Black Death, Art Director on Snow White and the Huntsman), Costume Designer Steven Noble (The Theory of Everything, Under the Skin) and Karen Hartley Thomas (Le Weekend, Berberian Sound Studio) on Hair and Make-Up Design.
Get Santa is produced by Liza Marshall (Before I Go To Sleep, Life in a Day, Red Riding trilogy, Boy A), executive produced by Ridley Scott, Carlo Dusi, and co-produced by Andrew Litvin and Jack Arbuthnott for Scott Free London. The film is backed by Screen Yorkshire through the European Regional Development Fund and Ingenious Media. GET SANTA is distributed in the UK by Warner Bros. UK. Altitude Film Entertainment is handling international sales. Creative England and Bradford Unesco City of Film provided locations support and helped source regional crew.