A Princess for Christmas

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A Princess for Christmas
Directed byMichael Damian
Produced byBrad Krevoy
Written byJaneen Damian
Michael Damian
StarringRoger Moore
Katie McGrath
Sam Heughan
Charlotte Salt
Leilah de Meza
Travis Turner
Music byMark Thomas
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Release date
  • December 3, 2011 (2011-12-03)
Running time1:45
 
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A Princess for Christmas
Directed byMichael Damian
Produced byBrad Krevoy
Written byJaneen Damian
Michael Damian
StarringRoger Moore
Katie McGrath
Sam Heughan
Charlotte Salt
Leilah de Meza
Travis Turner
Music byMark Thomas
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Release date
  • December 3, 2011 (2011-12-03)
Running time1:45

A Princess for Christmas or, in the UK, A Christmas Princess (previously known as the Canadian title Christmas at Castlebury Hall and A Princess for Castlebury) is a comedy-drama film by Michael Damian. The film premiered December 3 2011.

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Plot Summary

After the death of their parents, Jules Daly (Katie McGrath) becomes the legal guardian of her 7-year-old niece Maddie (Leilah de Meza) and teenage nephew Milo (Travis Turner), who are still suffering with the loss of their parents. While Jules is at work, the children repeatedly misbehave for their babysitter, Maddie making a mess around the house and Milo sneaking out and stealing a crudely rated video game. Jules gets laid off of work and returns home to the enraged nanny quitting her job despite Jules' pleas. Jules, after learning of the events of the day, feels the need to ground Milo for two weeks due to his misbehaviour, despite the fact that it is Christmas vacation.

Later that evening Milo reveals that he doesn't like Christmas because it reminds him of his parents. A stranger appears at Jules' home, claiming to be the butler of Sir Edward, the children's' wealthy grandfather, who wishes Milo and Maddie to spend the Christmas holidays with him in Europe. Jules initially refuses due to the fact that Sir Edward disowned his son for marrying her sister but later decides to go for the children's sake.

When they arrive, the children and Jules are introduced to the staff and are shown to their rooms where they are waited on hand and foot. Jules quite literally runs into Ashton, the duke's younger son, and she introduces herself as they share an awkward moment when they realize that he is still holding her hand, a reaction from their near collision. There is some chemistry in the air, but Ashton abruptly excuses himself.

Jules and the children show up late for dinner, which seems to annoy Edward, until Maddie shows him some slight affection by giving him a hug. As the dinner begins awkwardly things get worse as Milo asks where his grandfather has been all this time. Edward explains that he did not approve of their mother due to her lack of status, which makes Jules extremely uncomfortable. However the talk at the table turn to smoother subjects. Later, Ashton and Edward discuss a hunting trip that Ashton has organized believing his father would want it. Jules interrupts the conversation and asks where their Christmas tree is, to which Edward grumpily states that he doesn't want one. Jules goes on to explain that she didn't drag the kids here to disappoint them, and Ashton watches in admiration as she stands up to his father. As Jules leaves, Ashton then asks his father to ease up on the tree business, to which his father refuses. Ashton then states that he knows that he is not his "favourite" son but that he came home to see his father.

The next day Ashton prepares for his hunt with friends, and a woman named Arabelle questions why Jules is there. Jules, against Edward's wishes, takes the children into town to buy a Christmas tree. Milo refuses to join Jules and Maddie and waits for them at the front of the tree market. While the girls are searching for the tree, Milo gets into a fight with an orphaned boy and they cause a ruckus within the square. Jules returns to the castle with the kids and scolds Milo for his wrong doing. Ashton arrives back home after his hunt and witnesses the staff carrying in a tree, to which he states "Jules" with a smile. He then meets up with Jules who asks him about his hunting, clearly with distaste, Ashton asks her what her "tone" was for and she states that she doesn't approve of the hurting of animals for sport, to which Ashton agrees. Confused Jules asks him what he means and he states that he does drag hunting for sport rather than actual hunting. She apologizes and makes a joke at which Ashton laughs.

Meanwhile within another room, Arabelle Marchand du Belmont states that she and Ashton should be engaged at anytime now. As Jules and Ashton enter the room a man goes up to her and introduces himself, and jokes about Ashton being proper to which Jules says he was "like a prince". The boys then laugh as the man states that Ashton is a prince. Jules confused asks Ashton who admits it is true he is the prince of Castlebury, his prince title coming from his mother's side. They then go into the room and it is revealed that Arabelle and Ashton are dating. They offer Jules some sandwiches and she admires the plate on which they are served. Arabelle, feeling threatened, states who made the plate. Jules, feeling she is wrong, states another name, to which Arabelle replies by saying that Jules is wrong. One of the servants then shows up with a box full of ornaments and Jules leaves to decorate the tree. It is then revealed that Jules was correct about the plate and Arabelle was wrong.

Jules then starts to decorate the tree, but is abruptly stopped by Mrs. Birch stating that they are not allowed. Jules then asks Mrs. Birch about her childhood and if she is willing to steal the tree from the kids. Mrs. Birch bursts into tears stating that she had a terrible childhood and once even received coal in her stocking. She then smiles and happily tells Jules to continue decorating the tree. Later Milo and Maddie run outside, disrupting Ashton and Arabelle and almost getting hit by a vehicle. Jules comes out and is relieved that everyone is alright. Arabelle, however, angrily states that her new bag is ruined and tells her to get control of the children before leaving. Feeling the tension in the air Ashton suggests that the kids go and feed the pony.

Later Ashton helps Jules decorate the tree and the two joke and enjoy each other's company before they are joined by the children. Edward angrily interrupts and demands that they take down the tree, however he is calmed down when Maddie shows him his favourite ornament. The family then all decorate the tree together, and Ashton notices Milo's sadness and offers to help. The next day, Ashton takes Milo out for an archery lesson and explains that it is a good way to get his anger out. Edward then awakes and with newfound Christmas spirit plans for a ball to be held on Christmas Eve. He then allows the children to choose two things to each be taught. Maddie chooses ballet and Milo chooses electric guitar.

Ashton then convinces Jules to allow him to teach her the waltz for the upcoming ball, to which she happily agrees. As he teaches her their chemistry together grows and he admits to her his love for the violin. He then goes on to explain that he finds her intriguing. As they continue to dance, Ashton faces difficulty doing so with both the ballet and electric guitar in the background, Jules tells him to loosen up and then starts to dance to pop music. Ashton quickly joins and the two laugh and playfully dance together. They are soon interrupted by Arabelle who is upset that Ashton missed a lunch with her and her parents, and proceeds to say that Jules "ghetto dances". The two leave and are asked a question on the ball, to which Ashton clearly disagrees with Arabelle.

Ashton is later talking to his father about the guest list. He then states that he has been helping Jules learn the waltz unaware that she is listening. His father then quickly changes the subject to how he does not wish to invite this girl due to her lack of title and crass behaviour and he fears she will ruin the ball. Ashton replies that they do not have to invite her but his father says it is too late, meanwhile Jules mistakenly believes that they are talking about her.

The entire house seems happy that Jules has brought joy to the once unhappy family and marvels at how Ashton is now playing the violin again, which they believe is because of Jules. Ashton later goes to ask Jules something, but then asks her the question about the ball, to which she responds with "what would you like?" he tells her and she agrees with him. He then sees that she has clearly been crying but she dismisses it as "something in her eye" and Ashton leaves. Milo is then seen sneaking into a room that has before been locked, he finally gets in and it is revealed to be his father's room. Ashton then appears and tells Milo that it was closed because it was too painful for his father. Milo then says that he fears he will forget his parents. Ashton comforts him by telling him that his parents' love for him will never leave him and that they will keep the door open from then on.

The next day the staff accidentally burn Jules' dress for the ball and she takes this as a sign that she should not go. The staff then decide to find her a new dress. However, Jules, feeling unwelcome, decides that she is going to go back to the US early and only tells the children. Despite their efforts to make her stay, she decides to leave and asks them not to tell anyone until she is gone, to which they agree. She then tells them that she is very proud of them and that she loves them. She then leaves to the train station as the guests start to arrive for the ball. Ashton at the ball asks where Jules is, but the children give nothing away. Mrs. Birch searches for Jules and discovers that she has left, then she and the other staff race after her to the train station. When they arrive they tell her to look at the dress, and it is revealed that they did not fix her old dress but all pitched in to buy her a new one from Venice. She then agrees to return for the ball.

Meanwhile at the ball, Ashton asks to talk to Arabelle. He then asks her if she would be with him if he didn't have his title to which she says no. He then tells her that is exactly what he wanted to hear and breaks up with her. Jules then arrives at the ball. She is wearing a gorgeous blue gown and the crowd whisper saying "they will let anyone into these things" clearly talking about her lack of title. She however, is not enjoying herself and refuses to dance with Edward and Maddie. Ashton then approaches her as she is admiring an antique, she explains herself and tells him that she is trying not be an embarrassment. Confused, he asks her what she means to which she explains that she "knows" that they didn't want her there, much to Ashton's surprise and dismay. He then explains that they were not talking about her and that he "holds her in the highest regard" and that her lack of title doesn't matter to him and he likes her the way she is. They then begin to dance, everyone within the room starts to whisper, and Arabelle's father approaches Edward telling him to "control his son". Arabelle also returns and sees them dancing.

After the dance, Jules leaves the ball and is quickly followed by Ashton. She then tells him to go back, to which he refuses and chooses to stay with her and the two share a kiss. Jules then asks about Arabelle to which Ashton says "it is over", however she doesn't understand how a prince could like a girl like her, she is just a poor girl from Buffalo, to which he responds "exactly", and the two share another kiss.

Back in the ballroom, Arabelle's parents fight Edward on the fact that his son is with Jules, Edward responds to Arabelle's mother that Jules is more of a lady than she will ever be despite her lack of title. Arabelle returns to the room and tells everyone about the fact that Jules lost her job, Milo is a thief and Maddie is "a fatty foods junky". Jules returns and states that everything is true but that Milo returned the videogame and that she has been trying to wean Maddie off of the chips. Arabelle then states that Jules is "obviously after their money, why else would she be here?". Jules replies that she plans on getting another job because she likes working but that her and the kids do not need money to be happy, just each other, and that she brought them here to be with family. Arabelle then scoffs and asks Ashton if he believes Jules, to which Ashton says he does. Edward then proceeds to kick Arabelle and her parents out.

Ashton goes to his father to thank him, and his father tells him to "not let that girl go". Ashton then takes his advice and asks Jules to stay, to which she agrees. The family then proceed to go upstair where they catch "Santa" putting gifts under the christmas tree and Milo apologizes to Maddie saying he was wrong about Santa. The kids go to the Christmas tree, at the door Edward laments, saying he wishes his son was here. Jules than states that he is, in the glowing of Milo's eyes and the twinkle in Maddie's smile and that her sister is there, too.

Later it is shown that Jules and Ashton got married with all of their friends from Castlebury there with them. At the end Jules calls Ashton her prince and he proceeds to call her his princess. She then laughs stating that it sounds like they are entitled to rule one day. To which Ashton responds that they are, she smiles and they kiss.

Cast

Production

In August 2008, writer and director Michael Damian told OK Magazine that he was "working on a screenplay called Christmas At Castlebury Hall".[1] The film was shot at Peleş Castle, Stirbei Castle, the Bragadiru Palace[2] and at MediaPro Studios in Bucharest, Romania February and March 2011. The film's cinematographer is Viorel Sergovici.[3]
On July 16, Michael Damian announced the film's new name: A Princess for Christmas.[4]

Accolades

MovieGuide Awards--A Princess for Christmas[5]

YearNominated workAwardResult
2011Most Inspirational Television ActingGrace Award: Sam HeughanNominated
2011Most Inspirational Television ActingGrace Award: Katie McGrathNominated

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