Robin Jones Gunn and Hallmark Channel’s Father Christmas Trilogy
The Father Christmas film series is an American/Canadian trilogy, starring Erin Krakow and Niall Matter, based on the novels of Robin Jones Gunn. The films were originally broadcast in the USA on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, as part of the channels’ “Miracles of Christmas” seasonal programming.
Following the success of the first film, star Niall Matter and author Robin Jones Gunn both confirmed in March 2017 that Hallmark were developing a sequel.
On May 9, 2017, Hallmark announced eight new Christmas movies, including a sequel to Finding Father Christmas entitled Engaging Father Christmas. Finding Father Christmas director Terry Ingram was originally approached to direct the sequel, but was unavailable, leading to director David Winning taking the helm. A third film in the series was confirmed by director David Winning and actor Jim Thorburn in interviews given in November 2017. Winning has directed 16 movies for the network, including Unleashing Mr. Darcy and A December Bride.
All three films were filmed in and around Vancouver, British Columbia. Filming for the first film took place in June 2016, with some scenes shot in the city of Abbotsford, British Columbia. The second film began production in June 2017 and the final installment was filmed in March 2018.
Produced by Ted Bauman, Libby Beers and Patricia Clifford. Director of Photography Anthony C. Metchie. Music by Graeme Colman. Edited by Mark Shearer and Jason Pielak. Production Designed by Michael Ritter and Paul McCulloch. Original film directed by Terry Ingram. Written by David Golden. From Novels by Robin Jones Gunn. Costumes designed by Julie Lepage and Jessica Kalan. Released by Hallmark Movies & Mysteries in association with Bauman Entertainment.
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