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Five Great National Lottery-Funded Films to Watch This Christmas

Five Great National Lottery-Funded Films to Watch This Christmas
Updated: Thursday 22nd December 2016

After the Christmas pud’s been polished off, the Ferrero Rocher have done a few laps of the living room, and Grandma’s “just resting her eyes” in an armchair in the corner, there’s nothing better than settling in to watch a good film. And what better way for any lottery lover to unwind on Christmas Day than with a film made possible by National Lottery funding?

Whether you’re on the lookout for a gripping drama or a feelgood festive flick, there’s bound to be something on this list for you to enjoy this Christmas.

Bend It Like Beckham

Known to most as the film that put Hollywood starlet Keira Knightley on the movie map, 2002’s Bend It Like Beckham received a generous £1 million of National Lottery funding. It’s a story of friendship, sporting achievement and cultural clashes that’s sure to raise a few smiles as well as set pulses racing, whether or not you’re the sporty type.

28 Days Later

Who’d have thought that a film supported by the Good Causes Fund would give us so many nightmares? The opening scenes of director Danny Boyle’s “urban zombie” flick are some of the most memorable in recent movie history, and the film has gone on to inspire many others, as well as books and video games, in the 14 years since its release. 28 Days Later’s predominantly British and Irish cast put in stellar performances as they run, run, run from sprinting, rage-virus-infected humans through the streets of London and beyond — you’ll be glad to have the whole family around while watching this one!

The Constant Gardener

For those looking for something a little more adult but without the crowds of murderous infected, meanwhile, The Constant Gardener throws national treasures Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz and Ralph Fiennes into a political thriller about British diplomat Justin Quayle who is attempting to solve the murder of his wife (Weisz) in a remote region of Africa. Part love-story, part mystery, this film is sure to hold even the most trifle-stuffed viewer’s attention this Christmas.

Get Santa

If you can’t bear to watch anything other than a festive-themed film this Christmas, 2014’s Get Santa is just the ticket. With a cast including big names such as Jim Broadbent (Iris, The Iron Lady, Hot Fuzz), Rafe Spall (Prometheus, The Life of Pi) and Warwick Davis (Willow, Harry Potter, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Get Santa tells the story of Tom, a nine-year-old boy who has to help Santa get back to Lapland after his sleigh crashes into his garden shed. It’s a great watch for viewers of all ages, once again made possible through generous National Lottery funding.

Christmas Carol: The Movie

Yes, this is another Christmas movie, but this is a list of films to watch on the Big Day after all — and who could say no to Dickens’ classic tale at this time of year? Christmas Carol: The Movie is a British animated adaptation of the classic novella, featuring an all-star voice cast including Kate Winslet, Rhys Ifans, Simon Callow and Nicholas Cage. Twisting the tale a little a little, Christmas Carol: The Movie focuses on the tragic love life of main character Ebenezer Scrooge, whose greed and wicked ways cause his one-time fiancée to leave him. Can he change his ways and win her back? Grab a mince pie, settle in and find out!

Whichever film you choose, you’re sure to have a relaxing and cosy time in front of the box this Christmas Day. In the meantime, why not visit the Good Causes page to find out more about how your lottery ticket money is put to good use.

Published: Thursday 22nd December 2016

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