What will you be watching on Christmas day?

Pictured here are my business partner David Chamberlains kids, glued to the screen and watching ‘Gone Fishing’. When they get to the end the usually shout out ‘Again, again! We want to see Goliath!’ It always amazes me how kids really ‘get’ it.

Every year I receive emails from people who discover this short film and watch it around Xmas time. And every year I also get emails from people who now watch it on Xmas day as a kind of family ritual. It’s really touching to hear these stories as for me, the film maker, to know that my work is required repeat viewing on Xmas day, well it kind of blows my mind.

It doesn’t surprise me though as ‘Gone Fishing’ is ideal viewing for that lazy, post lunch, afternoon as it’s a film that the whole family can watch and enjoy. It is a genuine family film.

6a00d8341e322053ef0133f515e32c970b-800wi OK so there is still time to buy a copy on BluRay or DVD before Xmas day. And if you do buy it this week, I will throw in a free copy of ‘The Screenwriters Pocketbook’ that we put together for the Screenwriters Festival. It’s a slim volume of articles and insights from some of the biggest names and brightest newcomers in screenwriting. You can buy ‘Gone Fishing’ here…

OK, here is some feedback from last Xmas…

The DVD turned up on Christmas Eve so I wrapped it and put it under the tree. We watched it on Christmas Day and were absolutely blown away by the film. I just wanted to say what a great story you have here. The film is (as we say Down Under) a bottler, the production is first class and the acting hits the mark; I sincerely hope you get that Oscar. I hope you are having a great Christmas and your New Year is successful.
Mike and Fiona Hardy, Brisbane, Australia

Xmas I just sat on the closed M11, at the junction with the M25 for the second night in a row. This time however, I had the DVD to watch as it arrived today.Anyone who saw me would have thought I was taking the delay rather too seriously, because I was in floods! The DTS sound is staggering in a car, and the film even more moving on a small screen. You have produced a work of art. I truly believe that if it doesn't win it's Oscar, then it's a fix! Absolutely magnificent, and I look forward now to watching it on my 6 speaker Harman Kardon system at home. I think I'll be destroying the walls!
David Talbot, in a traffic Jam, M11, London.

I've just seen the full film for the first time and I'm sitting here choking back tears. It IS a great film, everything just seemed so right about it, the story, the light, the sound, everything. My fingers are even more firmly crossed for the Oscar. Thank you for making this lovely little film.
Mike Facherty, Film Maker

I watched the movie by myself and was  in bits at the end. Amazing. I then sat my partner down and the same happened to her. Going kite flying shortly after we were still all teary. So, so beautiful. Well done.
Gareth Jones

I've watched Gone Fishing four times now and never tire of it. It's such a lovely, heartfelt little film. Absolutely charming…
Carol Ann Walters, Journalist / Publicist

Whenever I get that spine-tingling feeling at the back of my neck I know I've been in for a treat. Gone Fishing moves beyond beautiful imagery to give us a warm, touching story with a challenging perspective on bereavement.
Mike Mindel, www.wordtracker.com

Great! Enjoy Xmas day!

Onwards and upwards!

Chris Jones, Film Maker and Author


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