Favourite Films for Christmas

We asked some of our Autumn Chickens' writers to select a film which they loved to watch over the Christmas period. Here are a few of their choices... 

Jude Hayland, author of 'The Legacy of Mr Jarvis' and 'Counting the Ways' chose 'Love Actually'.

"I always seem to watch it on one of those days leading up to Christmas" she explains. London looks gloriously crisp and beautiful, and I reliably cry." (Subscribe to our newsletter by mid-January, and you will be entered into a draw to win one of Jude's novels.)   

Jane Dunning, author of 'Thirty-five minutes from St Tropez' and 'Stolen Summer' chose 'The Holiday'.

"It is partly set in an English country cottage at Christmas time" Jane  says."I saw it on TV in Paris on Millenium Night after we returned from watching the fireworks at the Eiffel Tower. I think that must be why I remember it so well."   

Autumn Chickens website creator, Claire Baldry, author of 'My Daughter's Wedding' and 'Different Genes' chose 'You've Got Mail'. 

"Unashamedly romantic with a good dollop of humour, this is definitely my sort of film," Claire admits. "It doesn't matter how often I watch it, I always cry." 

Sue Hewitt, author of 'The Cunning Woman's Cup' chose the 1951 black and white classic version of  'Scrooge'.

"This is my favourite Christmas movie," she explains. "Classic Dickens with ghosts, rattling chains, poor but happy families and rich but miserable Scrooge....God bless us everyone!" 

Linda Robinson Brendle, author of 'The Long and Winding Road' chose 'It's a Wonderful Life'

"First of all I love Jimmy Stewart" she said. "And secondly, the message that the world is a better place for you having been a part of it, is an important one, especially today when so many are looking for purpose and significance."

Carmen Radtke, author of a series of mystery novels chose 'Christmas in Connecticut'. . 

"It has all the snow I remember from my childhood," Carmen explains... "And witty dialogue with a heroine who defies tradition."