Christmas on the Farm, a new Stan Original Christmas movie produced in partnership with award-winning Brisbane-based production company Hoodlum Entertainment, has started production in Brisbane.

The festive feature will star Australian-American actress Poppy Montgomery (Reef Break, Unforgettable, Without A Trace), who is also the Executive Producer of the movie, Hugh Sheridan (Five Bedrooms, Packed to the Rafters), Darren McMullen (House Husbands, Doctor Doctor) and Nicholas Brown (Amazing Grace, Wakefield).

Christmas on the Farm is written by Jennifer Notas Shapiro, with additional writing by Samantha Strauss, and Christopher Weeks directing. The movie talks about Clementine Jones (Montgomery), an Australian author whose autobiographical book about life on a Queensland farm is snapped up by powerhouse publishers. However, ‘Clementine’ is actually Emmy Jones, a New York woman who based the book on her deceased mother’s journals. After the publishers announce that they will travel to Australia to meet ‘Clementine’, Emmy decides to go back to the old family farm and maintain the ruse with her cousin David (Sheridan) and husband Miles (Brown).

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the movie will be filmed on various locations in Brisbane’s suburbs. Therefore, it will potentially lead to positive impacts on Queensland’s thriving screen industry and economy. “This 100 per cent Queensland-produced feature film is estimated to inject approximately $3.4 million into the state, create over 150 jobs for Queensland cast and crew, and provide a number of paid training placements for emerging filmmakers,” she said.

Screen Queensland Chief Creative Officer Jo Dillon congratulated Hoodlum Entertainment on their first partnership with Australian streaming giant Stan, following on from successful Network 10, ABC and Netflix commissions. The movie will be released on Christmas Day on Stan in Australia and distributed worldwide, with international distribution by Entertainment One and presales to TF1 France.

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