The bestselling writer in Victorian London sets out to revive his flagging career and reimagines Yuletide celebrations in The Man Who Invented Christmas, an entertaining and enchanting glimpse into the life and mind of master storyteller Charles Dickens as he creates the quintessential holiday tale, A Christmas Carol.
After a string of successful novels, world-renowned writer Dickens (Dan Stevens) has had three flops in a row. With the needs of his burgeoning family and his own extravagance rapidly emptying his pockets, Dickens grows desperate for another bestseller. Tormented by writer’s block and at odds with his publishers, he grasps at an idea for a surefire hit, a Christmas story he hopes will capture the imagination of his fans and solve his financial problems. But with only six weeks to write and publish the book before the holiday, and without the support of his publishers – who question why anyone would ever read a book about Christmas – he will have to work feverishly to meet his deadline.
Dickens locks himself away to write, but his chaotic household, which now includes his profligate father (Jonathan Pryce), is a constant distraction. Working late into the night, the writer channels his own memories to conjure up the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come, and place them on a collision course with the misanthropic miser Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer).
Based on Les Standiford’s 2008 book, The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits. The movie brings the imagination of one of the world’s best-loved authors to vivid reality as he creates the masterpiece that has shaped modern-day Christmas celebrations for more than 150 years.
Bleecker Street will release The Man Who Invented Christmas Nationwide on November 22, 2017
- Directed by Bharat Nalluri
- Screenplay is by Susan Coyne
- Based on the book by Les Standiford
- Stars Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Pryce, Justin Edwards, Morfydd Clark, Donald Sumpter, Miles Jupp and Simon Callow with Miriam Margolyes, Ian McNeice and Bill Paterson
- Produced by Robert Mickelson, Ian Sharples, Susan Mullen, Niv Fichman and Vadim Jean
- Executive producers are Paula Mazur, Mitchell Kaplan, Andrew Karpen, and Laurie May
- Director of photography is Ben Smithard
- Production designer is Paki Smith
- Editors are Jamie Pearson and Stephen O’Connell
- Music is by Mychael Danna
- Costume designer is Leonie Prendergast
- Hair designer is Lorraine Glynn
- Make-up designer is Sonia Dolan
- Casting director is Amy Hubbard
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