Nine owned streaming platform has today announced the commissioning of a brand new original festive feature, Christmas on the Farm, to be produced in partnership with award-winning production company Hoodlum.
Christmas on the Farm stars Australian-American actress Poppy Montgomery (Reef Break, Unforgettable, Without a Trace), who also serves as an executive producer, Hugh Sheridan (Five Bedrooms, Packed to the Rafters), Darren McMullen (House Husbands, Doctor Doctor) and Nicholas Brown (Amazing Grace, Wakefield).
The announcement of Christmas on the Farm comes as part of a broader commitment from Stan to significantly escalate its investment in producing Australian content.
Clementine Jones (Montgomery) is an Australian author whose autobiographical book about life on a Queensland farm is snapped up by powerhouse publishers London & London. But the truth is, “Clementine” is actually Emmy Jones – a New York socialite who has been passing her late mother’s journals off as her own.
When the publisher announces that they’re travelling to Australia for an authentic
‘Clementine’ Christmas before signing off on the lucrative deal, Emmy must race back to the old family farm, roping in her cousin David (Sheridan) and his husband Miles (Brown) to help maintain the ruse.
One problem: London & London CEO Ellison (Cronin) shows up with her handsome adult son Jack (McMullen) in tow – but if he remembers the night he met Emmy in New York, the deal could all come crashing down!
Rounding out the formidable cast that will bring this tangled Christmas tale to life are Jennette Cronin (Doctor Doctor, Secret City), Asmara Feik (Upright, True History of the Kelly Gang) and Demi Harmon (Home and Away, Winners & Losers).
Christmas on the Farm is written by the queen of Christmas movies, Jennifer Notas Shapiro (Christmas Lost and Found, Wrapped Up in Christmas), with additional writing by Samantha Strauss (Nine Perfect Strangers, The End, Dance Academy), and Christopher Weekes attached to direct.
Teaming up with Poppy Montgomery to executive produce the film are Tracey Robertson, Nathan Mayfield, and Tracey Vieira from Hoodlum Entertainment; and US-based Ruthanne Secunda.
Stan Chief Content Officer Cailah Scobie said:
“After the huge success of A Sunburnt Christmas last year, we look forward to working with Hoodlum to deliver another cheerful hit. With a stellar casting line-up of proven Aussie stars on board, we can’t wait for our subscribers to watch Christmas on the Farm this holiday season.”
Hoodlum Entertainment CEO and founder Tracey Robertson said:
“We’re thrilled to kick off our first Stan Original with this fun and festive feature, and a wonderful cast of characters that have come to play with us here in Queensland. We need to launch and love now more than ever.”
Screen Queensland Chief Creative Officer Jo Dillon said:
“Screen Queensland is committed to supporting Queensland-based producers to create premium content for global audiences, which is exactly why we are proud to invest in what promises to be a feel-good holiday hit for Hoodlum on Stan in Australia and other networks worldwide.”
Christmas on the Farm is the first partnership for Stan and Hoodlum Entertainment, headed up by Tracey Robertson and Nathan Mayfield, with international distribution by Entertainment One and presales through TF1 France.