Bharat Nalluris The Man Who Invented Christmas finished principal photography
Bharat Nalluri’s The Man Who Invented Christmas, which sees Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens assuming the role of Charles Dickens, finished principal photography on 21 January, filming on location in Dublin and Wicklow.
Based on Lee Standiford’s book of how Charles Dickens brought A Christmas Carol to life, The Man Who Invented Christmas is set in Victorian England and tells the story of a debt-ridden Charles Dickens; tracing the story of how he came to self-publish the beloved Christmas tale when his own publisher turned the work down.
An Irish/Canadian co-production, produced by Parallel Film and Rhombus Media with support from the Irish Film Board, Stevens will star in the titular role alongside Christopher Plummer as Scrooge and Jonathan Pryce as Dickens’ father. Susan Coyne has penned the adaptation to Standiford’s 2008 book and the film is expected to go on release later this year.
Nalluri’s film will see areas around Dublin and Wicklow transforming into 1840’s Victorian England, with the country becoming an increasingly popular filming location for period productions. In 2015, US filmmaker Whit Stillman’s award-winning period comedy, Love & Friendship filmed on location around Dublin, with Stillman praising the country’s “wonderful” locations and expressing a keen interest to return to film future Jane Austen adaptations in Ireland.
It was previously announced that Bleecker Street had acquired the US rights to The Man Who Invented Christmas at the American Film Market (AFM), with Bleecker Street CEO, Andrew Karpen called it “an emotionally rich story of Dickens’ creative process that illustrates his love of the holiday spirit.”