The Santa Lie from Alt Angle Films on Vimeo.


Six-year-old Amy confronts her parents on the truth about Santa early one Christmas morning.


The Santa Lie was produced specifically for the Virgin Media Shorts Competition in 2013 (you can watch, vote and share the short two minutes and twenty second version of film on the Virgin Media Shorts website). It is the second short film from Writer and Director Darren Langlands and the first to be produced under the Alt Angle Films banner, in association with Amber Tint Innovations.

The film was shot in late February 2013 and is the debut film role for seven-year-old actress Claudia Jean Lewis. The film also stars experienced actors Nicole Gaskell (who also cast and produced), Jonny Black and Jack Pybus.

The project is inspired both by the filmmaker John Hughes (Home alone, Uncle Buck, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) and the Director’s four-year-old daughter. “I wanted to make something that she could watch and enjoy,” Langlands says.

“Lying about Santa is something that many parents can identify with and hopefully this strikes a chord with them. It’s also something lighthearted and fun for them to watch with their children as well,” he adds.

Aatif Ati Zafar of Amber Tint Innovations is Director of Photography, alongside Sound Recordist & Mixer Martin Colclough (formelly of The Answering Machine), Colourist Kenneth James, Gaffer T.H. Griffiths, Assistant Director Amy Hicks and Clapper Loader Alex Lewis (the lead’s nine-year-old brother).

Co-producer Nicole Gaskell says “I’m very pleased to have a great team on board for Santa Lie. As this is my first time casting and producing, I didn’t know quite what to expect but I’ve loved every minute of it and I’m made up we’ve managed to secure such a great cast in a short amount of time. It just goes to show, anything’s possible!”





Alt Angle Films in association with Amber Tint Innovations present


Starring Claudia Jean Lewis, Nicole Gaskell, Jonny Black, Jack Pybus.
Written & Directed by Darren Langlands
Produced by Nicole Gaskell
Director of Photography Aatif Ati Zafar
Sound, Mix and Original Music Martin Colclough
Casting by Nicole Gaskell and Michelle Hurne
Editor & Visual Effects by Darren Langlands
Grading Kenneth James
Camera Assistant/Gaffer/Lights T.H. Griffiths
Assistant Director Amy Hicks
Clapper Loader Alex Lewis