Filmed in Ireland: “An Old Fashioned Christmas”
Ireland is a prime location for making movies. In October 2010 while I was visiting Bunratty Folk Park I discovered that a movie for the Hallmark Channel was being filmed. As I stopped to watch, I recognized the main actress Jacqueline Bisset among some Irish character actors and several young actors who were unfamiliar to me.
A crowd had gathered to quietly watch the fascinating process. It was a period drama with Victorian costumes, horses and carriages. One of the cottages in the folk park made a perfect farmyard setting for an encounter between the main characters. I marveled at the patience of the actors as they repeated the same scene over and over. As the light changed technicians either shielded the actors or brought in light boxes. It was very busy off-camera as the actors worked at their craft.
After watching for a while I departed and visited the castle and folk park. When I returned a few hours later I was surprised to see that they were still filming the same scene and repeating the same lines. It takes an amazing amount of endurance to make a movie.
I learned that the film was An Old Fashioned Christmas based on a story by Louisa May Alcott and a sequel to An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving. It is currently being shown on the Hallmark Channel on December 18, 19 & 27. The castle in the movie is Knappogue Castle in County Clare. For video clips, photos, interviews and much more go to the movie’s website on the Hallmark Channel.
© 2010 Michele Erdvig