Production has begun on a new Australian film by Heath Davis (Broke, Book Week & Locusts). Filming in Campbelltown & Greater Western Sydney this film is set to give the traditional Christmas movie a uniquely Australian flair.
Entitled Christmess this will be Heath’s fourth film & will see him one again working with long-time friend Steve Le Marquand, who starred in Heath’s previous three films. Joining Marquand in the cast for Christmess will be Darren Gilshenan, and musician/vocalist Hannah Joy of alternative indie rock band Middle Kids, in her feature film debut.
Fresh out of rehab, a desperate, once famous actor – Chris Flint (Steve Le Marquand) – takes a job as a Santa Claus in a suburban strip mall where he unexpectedly encounters his long-estranged daughter (Nicole Pastor) and infant grandson. With the love and support of his sponsor, Nick (Darren Gilshenan), and a young, sharp tongued, gay musician in recovery named Joy (Hannah Joy), Chris sets about staying sober in order to win his daughter’s forgiveness for Christmas.
Speaking to City Hub about the inspiration whine the film Heath said, “I love Christmas movies, but I’ve never really seen a Christmas movie that depicts the reality of what the holiday season is for many of us – crippling stress, anxiety, malaise and economic struggle, all too often underpinned by alcohol abuse. At its core, Christmess is a celebration of the human spirit, the kindness of strangers and the healing power of forgiveness. It feels amazing to finally be in production with an incredible team and I can’t wait to share the film with audiences.”
Producer Daniel Fenech was then quick to add, “Our unconventional Christmas movie has heart, and with Heath and I both having spent a large portion of our upbringing in Greater Western Sydney, it feels right to be shooting the film here in Campbelltown. We have a strong local contingent of cast and crew from the Macarthur region, and there’s a lot of love and community support behind the project.”