BROADWAY is set to burst on to the big screen in a new film starring singing sensation Susan Boyle.
Filming also took place at nearby Stanway House and the area is now set to be seen in a whole new light as the film, called The Christmas Candle, is seen on cinema screens in time for the festive season.
Set in the fictional Cotswolds village of Gladbury, the film’s story takes place in 1890. Gladbury is a seemingly unremarkable place, except at Christmas, with local legend telling that every 25 years an angel visits the village candle-maker and touches a single candle.
Whoever lights that candle will then see their request granted on Christmas Eve.With the original novel penned while author Max Lucado was staying in the Cotswolds, screenwriters Candace Lee and Eric Newman knew they had to come to the area to bring the original vision to life.
“We really had to shoot here. It was literally like going back in time,” said Mr Newman. “On our first location scout we went to four or five locations and each time I said this is perfect. It was like walking on to a movie set right from the start.”
The period drama features a host of star names including John Hannah and Sylvester McCoy as well as Samantha Barks from Les Mis and James Cosmos from Game of Thrones. It also marks a first acting role for Ms Boyle, who has previously been more accustomed to warm music studios than bracing winter days in the Cotswolds.
Producers also had to make it look as though Ms Boyle could knit, with Broadway seamstress Barbara Jones roped in by producers at short notice to produce “half a red mitten” that the star can be seen holding in the film. The film is released nationwide from tomorrow with special screenings taking place at the Regal Cinema, in Evesham. And Ms Boyle said local film fans will find plenty to enjoy besides trying to spot a few familiar local scenes. “It’s all about the magic of Christmas and the Christmas message. The story is inspiring as it tells us never to give up on our dreams and to always believe in miracles – look what happened to me,” she said. Screenings are taking place at the Regal Cinema on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day at 10am and noon. The film is also being shown at Number 8 Community Arts Centre, Pershore, on Monday, December 23
Source : Worcester News