You bloody beaut, Stan is bringing us an Aussie Christmas movie this December.
A new Stan Original Film A Sunburnt Christmas (a Christmas family comedy) is currently in production in South Australia starring Daniel Henshall (Snowtown, Bloom) and Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom, Ride Like A Girl). It’s the perfect remedy for an absolute shocker of a year.
Better yet, it’s directed by Christiaan Van Vuuren (Bondi Hipsters, The Other Guy), produced by Every Cloud Productions, in association with Highview Productions, created and written by three wildly talented and young Aussies; brother and sister duo — Gretel and Elliot Vella — and partner in crime — Timothy Walker, with major production investment from Screen Australia in association with Stan and financed with assistance from the South Australian Film Corporation. Lisa Scott from Highview Productions is Producer, with Executive Producers Fiona Eagger and Deb Cox for Every Cloud and Mike Jones co-producing.
What a combo.
Refreshingly, it’s not your typical cliché Christmas movie. Forget a cheesy American-set and throw away the fantasy of the North Pole. Instead, A Sunburnt Christmas is a wild, hilarious and heartfelt story about a single mum and her kids doing it tough on their outback farm until a runaway criminal dressed as Santa Claus crashes into their property and their lives.
In the lead role as Daryl, the kindly criminal, Daniel Henshall is mistaken for the real Santa by the young and fearless Daisy, played by the incredible new talent Lena Nankivell. Other newcomers Eaden McGuinness and Tatiana Goode are equally brilliant in their roles as Daisy’s older siblings, her anxious brother Tom and wily teenage sister Hazel who sees Daryl as an opportunity to get her family back on track. Sullivan Stapleton, also stars as Dingo, the mobster on the hunt for Daryl, with Ling Cooper Tang (The Secrets She Keeps, Stan Original Series The Gloaming) as the children’s mum rounding out the multi-generational cast of diverse characters.
A feel-good comedy-of-errors, A Sunburnt Christmas is a must-watch film this Christmas that will bring the family together to laugh, cry and cheer for the triumph of ordinary battlers who might just get their Christmas miracle.
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