As part of The Malton Dickensian Festival, there will be an exclusive screening of ‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’ at the Palace Cinema, with a special follow-up.
Miriam Margolyes, a Dickens aficionado, will join Charles Dickens’s great, great, great granddaughter Lucinda Hawksley, in an exclusive Q&A session after a screening of the film, in which Miriam plays the role of Mrs Fisk. As well as being Dickens’s direct descendent, Lucinda Hawksley is an author in her own right, who lectures regularly at the National Portrait Museum in London.
In 1843, Dickens was a literary rock star, but struggling financially after the slow sales of his previous novel, Martin Chuzzlewit. Seized with the vision of a story that would fire the hearts of humanity, Dickens pitched his publishers ‘A Christmas Carol‘, but they passed. Desperate, Dickens declared he would publish it himself. Slipping into the world of his novel, he spent the next six weeks laughing and arguing with his characters, acting out scenes like a madman on the streets of London for hours on end. His family and friends worried he was going insane, but Dickens prevailed and finished just before Christmas, creating a masterpiece which gave birth to the Christmas we know and love today.
ONE NIGHT ONLY at The Palace Cinema, Malton, Saturday December 16 at 4.30 pm. Book on the Palace website.