Vada Film Writers now have a Vada Film Club and every fortnight we look at a particular topic/genre and pick our favourites. On Christmas Day, the Vada Film Club looked at Christmas films and I chose Love Actually.
I have chosen Love Actually because it focuses on what Christmas is all about in a secular society: family, friends and, above all, love. Christmas should be shared with your nearest and dearest, those closest to your heart.
The film is written and directed by Richard Curtis and features the best of British acting talent, including Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Keira Knightley, Martine McCutcheon, Bill Nighy, and Rowan Atkinson playing a jewellery salesman in a small cameo who almost steals the show!
Love Actually focuses on a group of people in the run-up to Christmas, living and working in London, whose lives are intertwined in many ways. It dissects a range of love stories, from first-love, to budding relationships, troubled marriages, the love between parents and children, the love between siblings, brotherly love, heartbreak and unrequited love.
It covers love in all its variety and complexity. The film tugs on the heartstrings throughout and has an uplifting ending stressing the importance of love in people’s daily lives.
A personal highlight for me is Hugh Grant, playing the British Prime Minister, dancing to Jump for my Love in 10 Downing Street. Move over Tom Cruise and Risky Business!
You can discover the other film writers' Christmas favourites by reading the full feature here: