Middle Kids’ Hannah Joy makes her acting debut in holiday film ‘Christmess’

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Middle Kids’ Hannah Joy makes her acting debut in holiday film ‘Christmess’


Featuring original songs by the Middle Kids frontwoman, the unconventional holiday feature ‘Christmess’ is Heath Davis’ latest film.

Production on Christmess, Heath Davis’ latest feature film, is well underway, with the project starring Steve Le Marquand of Last Train to Freo, Darren Gilshenan of No Activity and alt-rock band Middle Kids frontwoman Hannah Joy in her feature film debut.

What you need to know

  • Christmess is the latest holiday feature film from director Heath Davis
  • It stars Middle Kids frontwoman Hannah Joy in her feature film debut
  • A story about the struggle of the Christmas season, Christmess is a celebration of the kindness of strangers

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The story follows the former celebrity Chris Flint (Steve Le Marquand), desperate and fresh out of rehab, the once-famous actor takes a job as Santa Claus in a suburban strip mall where he unexpectedly encounters his long-estranged daughter (Nicole Pastor) and infant grandson. With the love and support of his sponsor, Nick (Darren Gilshenan), and a young, sharp tongued, gay musician in recovery named Joy (Hannah Joy), Chris sets about staying sober in order to win his daughter’s forgiveness for Christmas.

With Hannah Joy providing original songs for the films score, as well as Christmas covers, this is a highly anticipated breakout role for the indie-rock musician.

“I love Christmas movies, but I’ve never really seen a Christmas movie that depicts the reality of what the holiday season is for many of us – crippling stress, anxiety, malaise and economic struggle, all too often underpinned by alcohol abuse,” says director Heath Davis. “At its core, CHRISTMESS is a celebration of the human spirit, the kindness of strangers and the healing power of forgiveness. It feels amazing to finally be in production with an incredible team and I can’t wait to share the film with audiences.”

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