Last Christmason Channel 5 the romantic Christmas comedy by Paul Feig (the friends of the bride) with Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh and Emma Thompson, punctuated by the notes of George Michael’s music.
Last Christmas – Cast and voice actors
Emilia Clarke as Katarina “Kate” Andrich
Henry GoldingTom Webster
Emma ThompsonPetra Andrich
Michelle Yeoh as Huang Qing Shin / Santa
Lydia LeonardMarta Andrich
Boris Isakovic as Ivan Andrich
Rebecca Root: Dr. Addis
Patti LuPone: Joyce
Letizia Ciampa as Katarina “Kate” Andrich
Marco Vivio: Tom Webster
Emanuela RossiPetra Andrich
Laura Romano as Huang Qing Shin / Santa
Angela BrusaMarta Andrich
Pasquale Anselmo: Ivan Andrich
Aurora Cancian: Joyce
Last Christmas – Plot and trailer
Kate (Emilia Clarke) trudges through the streets of London, a mass of bad choices accompanied by the jingle of bells on her shoes, another irritating consequence of her job as an elf in a year-round Christmas shop. Tom’s (Henry Golding) entrance into her life, and his ability to see through Kate’s many barriers, seems too good to be true. Against the backdrop of London transforming for the most wonderful time of the year, nothing seems to work for these two. But sometimes you have to let the snow fall where it wants, you have to listen to your heart…and you have to have faith.
Trivia about the movie
- Shot on location in London. To prevent crowds from disrupting filming, many scenes started around 2am.
- Emilia Clarke sings with her own voice in this film.
- George Michael worked in a homeless shelter, albeit anonymously.
- Director Paul Feig was initially not interested in making another Christmas comedy after his previous film, I missed Christmas (2006), had been a critical and commercial failure. However, after reading the script, sent to him personally by Dame Emma Thompson, he was convinced.
- When Kate is driving home in her father’s taxi, Emilia Clarke’s dragon tattoos can be seen briefly on her wrist. Emilia got tattooed during the last season of Game of thrones (2011) as an homage to her character Daenerys.
- The film is set in 2017 (although it was filmed in 2018-19). From that context, “Last Christmas” would mean December 25, 2016, the same day musician George Michael died.
- Actress, writer and producer Dame Emma Thompson began work on the script in 2010.
- During Ingrid Oliver’s audition, she was not asked to read the script, but to improvise with actress, writer and producer Dame Emma Thompson in front of director Paul Feig. She described the experience as “mental” as she is a huge fan of Thompson and Feig.
- With the release of the film, a tie-in book is published, written by Dame Emma Thompson and her husband Greg Wise, with essays on the meaning of Christmas: “Last Christmas: Memories of Christmases past – and hopes for future”. The book contained contributions from Andy Serkis, Caitlin Moran, Olivia Colman and Emily Watson.
The official synopsis of the book: When you think back to Christmases past, what made them magical? Looking to the future, what would be your perfect Christmas? What would you change? What should we all change? The perfect holiday book, with memories of Meryl Streep, Emilia Clarke, Olivia Colman, Caitlin Moran and more. This is a beautiful, humorous and soulful collection of personal essays on the meaning of Christmas, written by an exceptional body of voices from the boulevards of Hollywood to the soup kitchens of Covent Garden. Taking a break from holiday shopping, Midtown Manhattan window decorations, gingerbread cookies and hot chocolate, this jeweled book is presented and edited by Emma Thompson and Greg Wise and celebrates the importance of kindness and generosity, acceptance and tolerance – and shows us that these values are not just for Christmas, but for every day of the year. 25¢ from each book sold will be donated to Crisis and The Refugee Council.
The book “Last Christmas: Memories of Christmases past – and hopes for future” is available on Amazon.
- This film marks the first writing collaboration of married couple Dame Emma Thompson and Greg Wise, a process that spanned eight years.
- This film used sustainability strategies to reduce carbon emissions and environmental impact.
- Dame Emma Thompson’s first holiday-themed film since Love Actually – Love really (2003), also a comedy set in London, and distributed by Universal Pictures.
- Emila Clarke dyed her hair blonde after the final season of “Game of Thrones” and kept it for this film.
- Henry Golding and Michelle Yeoh were in Crazy & Rich (2018).
- Emilia Clarke’s second romantic film. after I before you (2016).
- Second collaboration between director Paul Feig and Henry Golding after A small favor (2018).
- After the traditional end credits, the vintage Universal Studios logo with “The Entertainment Center of the World” and the image “When in Hollywood, visit Universal Studios” with a GlamorTram on a movie set. Also seen at the end of Galactica 1980 (1980), Star Games (1984) e animal house (1978). The latter added “When in Hollywood ask for Babs”, a character from animal house.
- Kate wants to audition for frozen on ice based on Frozen the ice kingdom (2013), whose sequel Frozen 2 – The secret of Arendelle (2019) was released one week after this film.
- The film marks the debut of Madison Ingoldsby.
- This film mirrors an acclaimed twenty minute Nordic gay-friendly short film titled cognition (2018) with Lasse Steen.
- Both Amit Shah and Emma Thompson have starred in Johnny English strikes again (2018).
- The cast includes Star Wars actor Peter Serafinowicz, who voiced Darth Maul and two minor characters in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999), and Emilia Clarke who played Qi’ra in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018).
- Andrew Ridgeley of Wham! makes a cameo appearance in the crowd during the Christmas show.
- Kate’s illness from her heart condition in this film eerily (and perhaps intentionally) mirrors Emilia Clarke’s risk of death. During the early seasons of “Game of Thrones” in 2011 and 2013, she suffered two separate brain aneurysms that nearly killed her.
- Both Tom Webster (Henry Golding) and George Michael share many similarities. Both volunteered at a homeless shelter and both died on Christmas 2016.
- Santa’s full Chinese name, Huang Qing Shin, is difficult for Europeans to pronounce, so he chooses a nickname that fits the place where he works. She was called Kitty when she was in a pet store, Miso in a health food store and in a bakery she was Muffin, or “Muff” for short. This was a British gag to get past American censorship, as “muff” is British slang for a woman’s pubic hair. Emilia Clarke is clearly holding back a laugh when Santa says her name was “Muff.”
- The $25 million film hit number one at the UK box office during its opening weekend, and grossed a total of $123 million worldwide.
Last Christmas – The original song
“Last Christmas” originally released in December 1984 has been described as one of “the pinnacle of mid-80s British synthpop song”. The song was written and produced by George Michael and has been covered by many artists since its original release, including Carly Rae Jepsen, Eliza Doolittle, Ariana Grande, Good Charlotte, Gwen Stefani, Hilary Duff, Jimmy Eat World and Taylor Swift, in official studio recordings.
On its initial release in 1984, ‘Last Christmas’ spent five consecutive weeks at number two on the UK Singles Chart – it was held off the top spot at Christmas by ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ (choral piece on which George Michael also performed). After many chart runs over the next few years, which included a further three weeks at number two, the track finally reached number one in the UK Singles Chart on New Year’s Day 2021, more than 36 years after its initial release, becoming the fifth UK number one single for the duo. Before reaching number one, “Last Christmas” held the record for many years as the fastest-selling single never to top the Official Charts Company (OCC) charts with 1.9 million copies sold (excluding streams). . This record is currently held by “Moves like Jagger” by Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera. “Last Christmas” reached number one in the UK after being streamed 9.2 million times in the last week of 2020 and paid for download 1,555 times, for a total of 40,149 combined sales.
Outside of the UK, the song topped the charts in Denmark, Germany, Slovenia and Sweden and peaked within the top ten charts in several countries including Australia, Ireland and the United States. The Whams! they donated all royalties from the original song to Ethiopian famine relief. ‘Last Christmas’ was the most played Christmas song of the 21st century in the UK until it was overtaken by ‘Fairytale of New York’ in 2015.
Last Christmas – The soundtrack
- The original music of the film is composed by Theodore Shapiro (Tropic Thunder, The Unexpected Intern, Collateral Beauty). Shapiro reunites with director Paul Feig after scoring the reboot Ghostbusters.
- In addition to the title based on the song written by George Michael “Wham!: Last Christmas”, other songs by George Michaelincluding the unreleased “This Is How (We Want You To Get High)”, which he worked on in 2016.
- The song “Last Christmas” still remains a popular Christmas classic. On December 24, 2018, it generated seven million streams on Spotify, claiming the most streams in a single day for a song released in the 1980s. The same year, the official video generated sixty-five million views on YouTube for the entire month of December.
- Two versions of George Michael’s “Praying For Time” are included in this film. The original, from the album “Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1” (1990) and an acoustic version from 1996, performed by George Michael in Three Mills Studios, London, for MTV Unplugged in October 1996.
THE SONGS FROM THE FILM:
1. Last Christmas – Wham!
2. Too Funky (Single Edit) – George Michael
3. Fantasy – George Michael
4. Praying for Time (Remastered) – George Michael
5. Faith (Remastered) – George Michael
6. Waiting for That Day (Remastered) – George Michael
7. Heal the Pain (Remastered) – George Michael
8. One More Try (Remastered) – George Michael
9. Fastlove, Pt. 1 – George Michael
10. Everything She Wants (Edited Version) – Wham!
11. Wake Me up Before You Go-Go – Wham!
12. Move On – George Michael
13.Freedom! ’90 (Remastered) – George Michael
14. Praying for Time (Live) – George Michael
15. This Is How (We Want You to Get High) – George Michael
The compilation “Last Christmas” is available on Amazon.
THE ORIGINAL MUSIC OF THE FILM:
1. Secret Garden (2:24)
2. Upward-Looking Stranger (0:52)
3. The Dane (1:21)
4. You Again (1:43)
5. Stupid Stupid Girl (1:43)
6. Homeless Again (1:14)
7. Self Pity Party (3:26)
8. Walk This Way (1:37)
9. Santa and the Dane (1:17)
10. Looking For Tom (0:47)
11. The Scar (6:38)
12. Busking (0:45)
13. Riches (0:44)
14. Back From County Brexit (1:55)
15. Take Care (2:39)
The “Last Christmas” soundtrack is available on Amazon.