Christmas at Castle Harton Rai 2 the romantic Christmas comedy shot in Ireland, directed by Emmy candidate Stefan Scaini and starring Lacey Chabert (Mean Girls), Stuart Townsend (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) and Kate O’Toole (Possession).
Christmas at Castle Hart – Performers and characters
Lacey ChabertBrooke Bennett
Stuart TownsendAiden Hart
Ali HardimanMargot Bennett
Kate O’Toole – Duchess of Abercorn
Sean McGinleyLiam O’Connor
Aoife Spratt: Aoife Spratt
Ali White : Clara O’Riley
Natalie Radmall-Quirke as Fiona Walsh
Kevin McGahernCillian Dunlevy
Breffni HolahanJennifer Barclay
Donna Anita Nikolaisen: Paige Monaghan
Christmas in Castle Hart – Plot and trailer
Single again and out of work just before Christmas, Brooke (Lacey Chabert) is persuaded by her sister Margot (Ali Hardiman) to leave New York and leave for Ireland to fulfill a father’s wish and go in search of their origins . Upon her arrival, in a pub, Brooke meets Aiden (Stuart Townsend), the Earl of Glaslough. Recently repatriated after years of working abroad, Aiden is coldly welcomed home by his sister Siobhan, who in her absence has had to manage the family castle and deal with various financial difficulties. There are two weeks left for a lavish event to be held at the residence, but Siobhan is left without the person who was supposed to take care of the evening and, believing that the Bennett sisters are trendy event planners in New York, she decides to hire them. The problem is that Margot has led the Harts to believe that Brooke is Paige Monaghan, that is, the very woman who, before Christmas, had fired the girl. Working closely with Aiden, Brooke falls in love with him. But sooner or later the count will discover her true identity, and Margot’s deception. And she fears losing him.
Trivia about the movie
- Director Stefan Scaini directed the detective story Double Survey (2000) with Daniel Baldwin, James Remar and Leslie Hope, as well as made-for-TV movies (Mixed Identity, Under The Piano, Happy Christmas Miss King) and episodes of TV series (Goosebumps, Relic Hunter, Heartland, Good Witch ).
- The screenplay for the film is by Paul Campbell (Christmas in the Starlight) and Rick Garman (Christmas in the Blue Ridge Mountains) from a story by Bonnie Fairweather (TV series Heartland).
- Lacey Chabert (Brooke) starred in the blockbuster film mean girlsalongside Lindsay Lohan and most recently in Black Christmas – A blood red Christmasremake of Bob Clark’s horror film, in the role of Dana Mathis and Christmas comedy The revolt of the exesa reinterpretation of the Christmas Carol by Dickens with Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner and Michael Douglas.
- Irish actor Stuart Townsend (Aiden) played the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt in the film The Queen of the Damnedbased on the novel by Anne Rice and Dorian Gray alongside Sean Connery ne The legend of extraordinary men.
- The film was shot against the backdrop of Irish scenery including Dromoland Castle near County Clare, Lough Cutra Castle in Galway and Kinvara in Galway Bay.
- The protagonist Lacey Chabert talking about the film and the evocative location of the castle: “I think it’s a slightly different Christmas film from the ones I’ve done in the past … I felt like I was actually living a piece of the film”.
Christmas in Castle Hart – The soundtrack
- The original music for the film is by the composer Christopher Guglick who set the TV movies to music The key to Christmas, Chri’s Christmasyes, The sweetest Christmas, Christmas next door, Return to Aurora – A special Christmas. Guglick also scored the episode “The Last Halloween” of the horror anthology All Hallows’ Eve 2 and contributed to the soundtrack of the acclaimed horror The Witch starring Anya Taylor-Joy.
- In the film appears the Paddy Mulcahy Irish Music & Dance Band composed by Paddy Mulcahy (guitar), Aine Heslin (flute), Mike Butler (accordion), Paula O’Regan (violin), Lenka Fairy (Irish dancer).
- The soundtrack includes the songs “Jingle Bells” by James Pierpont, “The Holly and the Ivy”, “Deck the Halls”, “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” (traditional songs), “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” by Felix Mendelssohn, “Joy to the World” by George Frideric Handel & Lowell Mason, “O Come, All Ye Faithful” by John Francis Wade, “O Holy Night” by Adolphe Adam (hummed in the film by Lacey Chabert).