Get Santa film features Wetherby

Audiences in Wetherby are eagerly awaiting the release of Christmas feel-good move Get Santa.

The film, executive produced by Ridley Scott and out on December 5, is set to put the market town in the international spotlight after it was used as a film location last February.

Jim Broadbent in Get Santa. Picture by Steffan Hill.

Jim Broadbent in Get Santa. Picture by Steffan Hill.

Chairman of Welcome to Wetherby Cindy Bentley said: “Being selected as a film set was quite a coup for the town, even though it did cause some minor disruption at the time.

“When the film is released, it will hopefully introduce a much wider audience to our beautiful town and encourage more visitors.”

Film crews focused on the town hall, Black Bull pub and Market Place and turned it into a Christmas scene complete with baubles and Christmas trees when the production team and actors descended on the town last February.

The heart-warming comedy drama from writer/director Christopher Smith, includes in the cast Oscar-winning actor Jim Broadbent alongside Rafe Spall, Stephen Graham, Ewen Bremner, Warwick Davis and Jodie Whittaker.

Broadbent takes the role as Santa Claus.

When his reindeer are seized and taken to Battersea Dogs Home, he attempts to rescue them but is caught and thrown in jail.

A comedy caper ensues when a young boy and his father decide to team up to spring Santa from prison.

Earlier this year the Wetherby News reported how Wetherby was chosen as one of the locations.

Producer Liza Marshall said: “We looked at various towns in the area and decided that Wetherby was the prettiest and would suit our purpose exactly.

Sally Joynson, chief executive at Screen Yorkshire said: “Investment through Screen Yorkshire’s Yorkshire Content Fund is enabling us to attract brilliant high profile projects such as Get Santa to the region and we’re incredibly fortunate to have such a fantastic range of locations, such as those used by the production in Wetherby, to complete the package for filmmakers.

“We’re sure the residents of Yorkshire will be as excited as we are to see the results on the big screen.”

Other location shots for the film included Leeds and Bradford.

Backed by the BFI, Screen Yorkshire’s Yorkshire Content fund, and Ingenious Media, Get Santa will be distributed by Warner Bros pictures.

The film trailer features Wetherby Town Hall and can be viewed here.