Six-year-old Amy confronts her parents on the truth about Santa early one Christmas morning.
ABOUT THE FILM
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!”
SCREENINGS & AWARDS
- 2015 Holiday Spirits – A Night of Holiday Shorts, Little Rock, USA (Official Selection)
- 2015 Queen City Film Festival, Cumberland, Maryland, USA (Official Selection)
- 2015 MICE Children’s Film Festival, Valencia, Spain (Official Selection)
- 2015 8th International Children’s Film Festival, Bangladesh (Official Selection)
- 2014 WorldKids International Film Festival, India (Official Selection)
- 2014 6th International Children’s Television Festival, Ukraine (Official Selection)
- 2014 Deep Fried Film Festival, Scotland, UK (Official Selection)
- 2013 Adelaide Kids Film Festival, Adelaide, Australia (Official Selection)
- 2013 Profire Short Film Festival, Edinburgh, UK (Official Selection) – Winner – Best Actress (Claudia Jean Lewis) and Comedy Meets Reality Special Award
- Exploding Cinema, London, UK (Official Selection)
- Kino Shorts 44, Manchester, UK (Official Selection)
- Sophie’s Fortune Premiere, AMC Manchester, UK.
- Comfy Shorts October 2013, Melbourne, Australia (Official Selection)
- Santa delivers a starring role for Blackburn school girl (Lancashire Telegraph, 5th Nov 2013)
- The Santa Lie Press Kit (PDF)
- The Original Screenplay for The Santa Lie written by Darren Langlands (PDF)
CAST & CREW
Alt Angle Films in association with Amber Tint Innovations present
THE SANTA LIE
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