Porthcawl takes lead role in Welsh film A Wonderful Christmas Time

A Welsh made Christmas film? Sounds like the stuff of dreams?

Well dream no more because A Wonderful Christmas Time is available now for all festive film lovers to enjoy – and it was filmed in Porthcawl.

For Jamie Adams, who was born and still lives in the South Wales seaside town, there’s a simple answer why he wanted to make a seasonal tale.

“I love Christmas!” admitted the 34-year-old.

“It’s my favourite time of year and I wanted to make a Christmas movie my children can watch when they’re teenagers – there didn’t seem to be an indie Christmas movie so I made one.”

A Wonderful Christmas Time stars Laura Haddock (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Inbetweeners Movie) and Dylan Edwards (Svengali, Pramface) as well as a whole host of familiar faces from British comedy.

The film is released today to rent or buy online and will be in cinemas from December 12.

A romantic, improvised comedy, the film follows down in the dumps Noel (Edwards) his friend Steve, and a chance encounter with Cherie (Haddock).

So why was it filmed in Porthcawl?

“That’s where Christmas happens for me and has done for 30-odd years so naturally that’s where our Christmas tale would take place.

“I think cast and crew just loved the idea of making a sincere British indie Christmas comedy, you could substitute any sleepy British coastal town and it would be the same story and play out the same way.

“It’s a universal thing, I think, experiencing a traditional British Christmas in our own particular sleepy coastal, country or suburb town.

“And Porthcawl is beautiful to me – I have a romanticised view of my hometown – no matter what the time of year there’s an air of quiet playfulness about the place and beauty – you don’t get our sunsets anywhere else they are something special.”

Directing improvised comedy is something Jamie is adept with, his last film was the charming Benny Jolene which starred actor Craig Roberts.

“Improvisation feels natural to me, it’s not easy or hard it’s just right or getting there.

“The key thing is to cast the movie right. Dylan and Laura immediately generated this amazing chemistry on camera.

“We make these movies in five days so there is pressure on each scene to develop much quicker than I’d like, but again with people like Oliver Maltman (Star Stories, Happy-Go-Lucky) on board who has worked extensively with our greatest champion of improv led story telling – Mike Leigh – they hit the ground running and deliver such a high quality of performance right from the first take.

“I’m very lucky that the actors I want to work with generally want to work with me and they all turn up determined to make the best movie we can, so was it easy or hard?

Film poster for A Wonderful Christmas Time, a film by Porthcawl filmmaker Jamie Adams
A Wonderful Christmas Time

“With the right group of actors, such as my cast on A Wonderful Christmas Time, it’s always easy!”

How was having the premiere in Leicester Square?

“Incredible! It’s been my dream since going to the 1997 London Film Festival when I was 17 years old to have a movie of mine premiere at the Empire Leicester Square and now I have.

“Again it’s down to the quality of the work, so many people come together to make something as special as that happen and they do so because they love the movie, and for people to turn up and laugh and applaud the movie is something special, it’s all a beautiful thing.”

Article source: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/film-news/welsh-made-wonderful-christmas-time-released-8167533