Julian Ovenden and Ronni Ancona star in hilarious festive comedy Surviving Christmas with the Relatives

Set around two sisters and their families, the relations come together in the falling down country home of the girls’ recently deceased parents.

A chaotic festive period follows as ancient sibling rivalries flare up and promise to sabotage any hope of a season of good will.

A quirky Christmas movie, it reflects what happens in most homes over the Xmas period of enforced jollity, swearing, annoying older relatives, personal problems and arguments which only ever come out at this time of year.

It also comes with an impressive cast led by Dan, Downton Abbey’s Julian Ovenden, Miranda played by Gemma Whelan from Game Of Thrones and Nip/Tuck actress Joely Richardson portraying fading Hollywood star Lyla.

Sally Philips (Bridget Jones’s Baby, I’m Alan Partridge), Ronni Ancona from the Trip and Miranda’s Patricia Hodge add to the movie’s big-name credits.

Written and directed by Academy Award Nominee James Dearden (Fatal Attraction, Pascali’s Island, Rogue Trader) and produced by Nick Hamson (Premonition, Mum’s List) Surviving Christmas with the Relative has all the ingredients to serve up a festive feast.

Director, James Dearden said: “Christmas is a time we approach with feelings of excitement and dread in equal measure – it’s a time of great joy, but also boundless stress.

Surviving Christmas will take audiences on a rollercoaster of a journey as we follow two families navigating the emotional minefield in their pursuit of Christmas cheer.”

And just in case you’re thinking it’s just another sentimental festive movie, Hamson is eager to point out it’s got a “Fatal Attraction tinge’ to add some bite.

Surviving Christmas with the Relatives (15) opens across the UK on November 30.


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