Greystones Film Club: Double Bill: The Snowman & Father Christmas

Creator Raymond Briggs was already an award-winning children’s author, having picked up British Library Association medals for his work in 1966 and 1973, but, it was The Snowman that made him world-famous. The 26-minute Channel 4 adaptation was nominated for an Oscar, whilst Briggs’ 1973 award-winning work, Father Christmas, was blended with a 1975 sequel to also make the leap to our screens in 1991. In a fine piece of typecasting, Mel Smith provided the voice of the surprisingly grumpy Mr Claus, none too happy that Christmas is about to upturn his quiet little semi-detached home once again.

 With enough grit and spit in all the twinkling Yuletide magic, like Dahl, Briggs knows that a little naughtiness helps all the sweet, cuddly medicine go down even easier. 

Prepare to be left positively dizzy with the Christmas spirit. Oh, and, despite his grumpiness, Santa left a free snackbox for everyone…


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