"'So this is Christmas' takes us on a heartening and emotional journey with five ordinary characters as they navigate personal dilemmas triggered by this overwhelming time of year."
In case you didn't know, the Irish take Christmas very seriously! Houses are decorated to the hilt, family members return home for the holiday season, friends are reunited and of course, we know how to eat, drink and be merry. It's actually surprising, that no one had thought before to make a documentary about the Irish at Christmas.
In steps, Ken Wardrop with his latest documentary "So This Is Christmas." However, this earnest documentary isn't all tinsel and fairy lights. Wardrop's new documentary, now in Irish cinemas, also shines a light on what a difficult season it can be for many.
The movie's production company, Break Out Pictures, released the following synopsis:
"It’s late November in a quiet little Irish town, and the expectations of the impending festive season are growing. Christmas trees are being bought, festive music turned up and presents scrambled for. It’s all getting very bright and loud, excessive and expensive.
"'So this is Christmas' takes us on a heartening and emotional journey with five ordinary characters as they navigate personal dilemmas triggered by this overwhelming time of year. Amid their everyday lives and struggles, we discover stories of extraordinary resilience and humble bravery.
"The story is brought to life in a creative documentary form, where characters’ lives interweave with a colorful tapestry of Christmas scenes. Beyond the façade of tinsel and celebration, the film explores the deeper complexities that emerge when expectations collide with reality. What transpires is an important social commentary, filled with humor yet tinged with tragedy that will leave audiences questioning the true meaning of Christmas."
Speaking to Screen Ireland "I'm immensely proud and grateful to have made this film. It has been a profoundly special journey thanks to the incredible individuals who shared their stories. Their courage and resilience have been truly inspiring. I hope the film will resonate with Irish audiences and anyone grappling with the complex emotions of Christmas, reminding us all of what the festive season is really meant to be about.”