A Princess for Christmas
|A Princess for Christmas|
|Directed by||Michael Damian|
|Produced by||Brad Krevoy|
|Written by||Janeen Damian
Leilah de Meza
|Music by||Mark Thomas|
A Princess for Christmas or, in the UK, A Christmas Princess (previously known as the Canadian title Christmas at Castlebury Hall and A Princess for Castlebury) is a comedy-drama film by Michael Damian. The film premiered December 3, 2011.
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After the death of her sister and brother in-law, Jules Daly (Katie McGrath) becomes the legal guardian of her 7-year-old niece Maddie (Leilah de Meza) and teenage nephew Milo (Travis Turner). After Jules gets laid off at work, the butler of Duke Edward, the children's wealthy grandfather, appears with an invitation for Milo and Maddie to spend the Christmas holidays with his employer. Jules initially refuses because Edward disowned his son for marrying her sister, but she decides to go for the children's sake.
When they arrive, the children and Jules settle in with the help of the staff. Jules runs into Ashton (Sam Heughan), the duke's younger son, and introduces herself. Jules and the children show up late for dinner, where they meet Duke Edward for the first time. There is, understandably, some tension between the estranged family members. The next day, Jules meets Ashton's pompous girlfriend, Arabella Marchand du Belmont, and her brother.
Jules buys a Christmas tree, initially against the wishes of Edward, which she decorates with Ashton and the children (the Duke soon softens). The next day, Ashton gives Milo an archery lesson and Edward, with newfound festive spirit, orders a ball be planned for Christmas Eve. To prepare for the ball, Ashton teaches Jules to waltz, and they begin to grow closer.
Overhearing Ashton and Edward speaking disapprovingly of someone 'untitled' and 'crass' they'd rather not invite to the ball, Jules mistakenly believes it to be about her. When the staff accidentally burns Jules' ball dress, she takes this as an excuse not to attend. Jules, feeling unwelcome, decides to go back to the US early only telling the children. Despite their efforts to make her stay, she leaves, asking them not to tell anyone until she is gone. Mrs. Birch, the housekeeper, finds that Jules is missing, so the staff retrieves her from the train station, with the dress they bought for her.
Meanwhile, at the ball, Ashton verifies Arabella only wants him for his title and ends their relationship. Jules arrives at the ball. When Ashton finds her, she says she is trying to not be an embarrassment. Confused, he asks for an explanation. From Jules' mistakenly interpreted eavesdropping, Ashton clears things up, and then they dance. Arabella and her parents unsuccessfully attempt to turn Edward and Ashton against Jules, then storm out. Ashton asks Jules to extend their stay, and she agrees. The family then goes and "catches Santa" putting gifts under the Christmas tree.
The closing scene is a flash-forward to Jules' and Ashton's wedding.
- Roger Moore as Duke Edward of Castlebury
- Katie McGrath as Jules Daly
- Sam Heughan as Prince Ashton of Castlebury
- Charlotte Salt as Lady Arabella Marchand du Belmont
- Leilah de Meza as Maddie Huntington
- Travis Turner as Milo Huntington
In August 2008, writer and director Michael Damian told OK Magazine that he was "working on a screenplay called Christmas At Castlebury Hall". The film was shot at Peleş Castle, Stirbei Castle, the Bragadiru Palace and at MediaPro Studios in Bucharest, Romania February and March 2011. The film's cinematographer is Viorel Sergovici.
On July 16, Michael Damian announced the film's new name: A Princess for Christmas.
MovieGuide Awards--A Princess for Christmas
|2011||Most Inspirational Television Acting||Grace Award: Sam Heughan||Nominated|
|2011||Most Inspirational Television Acting||Grace Award: Katie McGrath||Nominated|
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- "Awards for A Princess for Christmas (2011) (TV)". A Princess for Christmas. MovieGuide: Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 11 November 2012.