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 their parents, Jules Daly (Katie McGrath) becomes the legal guardian of her 7-year-old niece Maddie (Leilah de Meza) and teenage nephew Milo (Travis Turner). Jules gets laid off at work. The butler of Duke, Edward, the childrens' wealthy grandfather, makes a surprise visit with an invitation for Milo and Maddie to spend the Christmas holidays with his employer. Jules initially refuses due to the fact that Edward disowned his son for marrying her sister but later decides to go for the children's sake.
When they arrive, the children and Jules get settled in with the help of the staff. Jules runs into Ashton (Sam Heughan), the duke's younger son, and she 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. Later, Jules meets Ashton's pompous girlfriend, Arabella Marchand du Belmont.
Jules procures a Christmas tree, initially against the wishes of Edward, which she decorates with Ashton and the children. The next day, Ashton takes Milo out for an archery lesson and Edward, with newfound festive spirit, orders for a ball to be planned for Christmas Eve. In order to prepare for the ball, Ashton begins teaching Jules to waltz, and the two begin to grow closer.
Overhearing Ashton and Edward speaking with disapproval of someone 'untitled' and 'crass' they'd rather not invite to the ball, Jules mistakenly believes that they are talking about her. The next day the staff accidentally burns Jules' ball dress and she takes this as an excuse not to attend. Jules, feeling unwelcome, decides that she is going to go back to the US early and only tells the children. Despite their efforts to make her stay, she leaves, asking that they not to tell anyone until she is gone. Mrs. Birch, the housekeeper, searches for Jules and discovers she's missing, so the staff retrieve her from the train station, showing her the dress they had made specially for her.
Meanwhile at the ball, Ashton, realising Arabella is only with him for his title, ends their relationship. Jules then arrives at the ball. Ashton approaches and she tells him that she is trying not be an embarrassment. Confused, he asks for an explanation, and hearing of Jules' mistakenly interpreted eavesdropping, clears things up and they begin to dance. Arabella and her parents make a final attempt to turn Edward and Ashton against Jules, then storm out when they are unsuccessful. Ashton asks Jules to extend their stay and she agrees. The family then proceed to go upstairs where they catch "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.