Festive Films

Feeling festive yet? Need to get your Christmas cheer on? There’s no better way than hunkering down for a Yuletide cinematic treat, and there’s plenty on.

London’s BFI Southbank is doing its very best this year with an array of screenings. Among the highlights are Elf (still maybe the best role Will Ferrell has ever had), the Christmas-set chaos comedy Home Alone and The Muppet Christmas Carol, a wonderful re-telling of the Charles Dickens’ evergreen tale with Michael Caine as Scrooge. Frank Capra’s It’s A Wonderful Life, currently on re-release, will also be playing throughout the holidays.

In Hackney, Pop Up Screens are running a series of festive-themed movies; all of the above films are playing, alongside several others, including The Santa Clause with Tim Allen, The Holiday with Jude Law and Cameron Diaz, the ever-popular Richard Curtis rom-com Love Actually, and Miracle on 34th Street starring Sir Richard Attenborough, recently voted the nation’s favourite Santa Claus after a recent poll surveyed 2000 Britons.

At the Cambridge Guildhall, meanwhile, Enchanted Cinema will be presenting its own programme – including Die Hard, which thirty years on from its release is still provoking amusing debate about whether it’s even a Christmas movie (it is!). There’s also a chance to see Disney mega-hit Frozen, shortly before the sequel hits us in 2019 and the madness returns to cinemas.

In Bristol, there are free festive screenings at the Millennium Square, alongside a winter fair with ice rink, food cabins and bar. Kicking off at the civilised time of 2pm, there’s still time to catch Elf and Home Alone during the Christmas season.

Not to be outdone, The Luna Cinema’s Winter Season presents festive films – including the Tim Burton ghoulish stop-motion children’s classic The Nightmare Before Christmas – in unusual locations ranging from St. George’s Hall in Liverpool to Kensington Palace in London. Got to be better than your local Odeon, right?

For those up in Glasgow, the Glasgow Film Theatre will also be programming some Christmas treats. Many of the films mentioned above will be on show, but they’ve added in the Arnold Schwarzenegger-starrer Jingle All The Way and the beautiful Bing Crosby classic White Christmas. Now if that doesn’t get you feeling festive, nothing will.

For more details of these festive films, visit:

www.whatson.bfi.org.uk; www.popupscreens.co.uk; www.bigscreenbristol.com; www./thelunacinema.com; www.enchantedcinema.co.uk; www.glasgowfilm.org.

James Mottram

1. Still from Love Actually.
2. Still from The Holiday.