Local streamer Stan has announced a new family film, Christmas on the Farm, following the success of last year’s brilliant holiday gem, A Sunburnt Christmas.
Starring Poppy Montgomery (Without a Trace), Hugh Sheridan (Packed to the Rafters), Darren McMullen (House Husbands) and Nicholas Brown (Wakefield), the Stan Original Film Christmas on the Farm follows Clementine Jones (Montgomery), an Australian author whose autobiographical book about life on a Queensland farm is snapped up by powerhouse publishers London & London.
But the truth is, “Clementine” is actually Emmy Jones – a New York socialite who has been passing her late mother’s journals off as her own. When the publisher announces that they’re travelling to Australia for an authentic ‘Clementine’ Christmas before signing off on the lucrative deal, Emmy must race back to the old family farm, roping in her cousin David (Sheridan) and his husband Miles (Brown) to help maintain the ruse.
One problem: London & London CEO Ellison (Jennette Cronin) shows up with her handsome adult son Jack (McMullen) in tow – but if he remembers the night he met Emmy in New York, the deal could all come crashing down!
Christmas on the Farm is written by Jennifer Notas Shapiro (Christmas Lost and Found, Wrapped Up in Christmas), with additional writing by Samantha Strauss (Nine Perfect Strangers, The End, Dance Academy), and Christopher Weekes attached to direct.
Teaming up with Poppy Montgomery to executive produce the film are Tracey Robertson, Nathan Mayfield, and Tracey Vieira from Hoodlum Entertainment; and US-based Ruthanne Secunda.
As well as Christmas on the Farm, Stan also announced announced a blockbuster new slate of Stan Originals as part of its ongoing commitment to deliver more world-class, locally produced original films and series.
The announcement follows Stan’s confirmation it has expanded its partnership with Roadshow Rough Diamond, in addition to partnering with the Australian Children’s Television Foundation to create a new feature film production fund.
The new slate of Stan Originals includes Bad Behaviour, a series based on the acclaimed book of the same name by Australian writer Rebecca Starford; and Christmas on the Farm, a holiday film starring Poppy Montgomery, Hugh Sheridan, Darren McMullen and Nicholas Brown. These new projects are joined by Bump Season 2 and Season 3; Year Of, a high school drama spin-off of the highly successful Bump; and Ironside, a new series inspired by the AFP’s Operation Ironside.
Today’s newly announced films and series build on an already stellar lineup of Stan Originals coming soon, including: Wolf Like Me, starring Josh Gad and Isla Fisher and produced by Made Up Stories in partnership with NBC’s Peacock; The Tourist, starring Jamie Dornan and produced in partnership with the BBC and HBO Max; Gold, starring Zac Efron in his first major Australian film; The Portable Door, starring two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz and Sam Neill and produced in partnership with Sky; Transfusion, starring Sam Worthington; and Nitram, directed by Justin Kurzel and starring Caleb Landry Jones, who won best actor honours at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for his performance.