Words: Giuila Lombardo
It’s the start of 2022 but we don’t want to leave the festive period behind just yet… so here’s a film for those who feel the same way.
For the first ‘Movie Soundtrack Wednesday’ for this year, we are going to be covering “A Christmas Number One”, a festive romantic comedy available on Sky Cinema from December 10th – directed by the BAFTA-winning director Chris Cottam (The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan), starring: Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Iwan Rheon (best known as Ramsey Bolton from Game of Thrones), Helena Zengel, Georgia Small, and Hannah Steele.
After breaking up with the most famous pop star in the world, music manager Meghan Rai (Pinto) leaves New York, to fly all the way to London to manage a boyband, the 5Together, who are desperate for a Christmas success after the flop of their latest album. Meanwhile, Blake Cutter (Rheon) – the front man of a heavy rock band, Scurve – persuaded by his beloved niece, Nina Cutter (Zengel), sets aside his heavy rock instincts to write the ultimate Christmas song.
When Meg learns of this song, she figures it could be exactly what the boy band needs in order to kick o their career. Blake, instead, makes a proposition: he’ll record it with his rock band and release it simultaneously to 5Together, creating a Christmas Battle of the Bands.
Soon, Meg and Blake find themselves falling for each other, stepping this romantic comedy up and highlighting how this relationship is really about two worlds colliding.
As far as the soundtrack goes, it was put together by the musical genius of Guy Chambers, the person behind some of the biggest hits performed by Robbie Williams (“Feel”, “Rock DJ”); Kylie Minogue (“Light Years”), and many more.
The soundtrack includes original compositions by Chambers himself and other original songs from the fictional artists featured in the movie (the Scurve and the 5Together).
“A Christmas Number One” is exactly what we look for during and after the festive season, as it’s light, carefree, lively, and fun; it brings together light moments, an intense love interest, and that slight conflict that gets the movie going. It combines music, love, family, and a whole lot of fun; it’s all that we need if we don’t feel like getting back to work just yet.
Listen to the movie soundtrack here: