Middle Kids singer Hannah Joy is set to debut in an upcoming feature film, titled Christmas.
The film was written and directed by Heath Davis (book week, Broken, locusts) and sees Steve Le Marquand (Last train to Freo) and Darren Gilshenan (No activity) star alongside Joy.
According to a press release, Le Marquand plays Chris Flint — a once-famous actor who quits rehab and takes a job as the local mall Santa Claus. There he unexpectedly meets his estranged daughter (played by Nicole Pastor). Supported by his godfather Nick (Gilshenan) and a recovering gay musician named Joy herself (Joy), Chris works to earn his daughter’s forgiveness in time for Christmas.
“I love Christmas movies,” Davis commented in a press release, “but I’ve never really seen a Christmas movie that portrays the reality of what the holiday season is like for many of us. us – crippling stress, anxiety, unease and economic struggle, all too often underpinned by alcohol abuse.
“In his heart, Christmas is a celebration of the human spirit, the kindness of strangers, and the healing power of forgiveness.
Along with starring in the film, Joy is also expected to contribute original music as well as Christmas covers to her soundtrack. While a release date for Christmas is not yet available, filming is currently underway in the western Sydney town of Campbelltown.
Middle Kids recently completed two national tours – one in support of Crowded House and a second as part of Groovin The Moo 2022 lineup. The band are set to headline this year’s edition of Be Social festival in August, and will also perform at Gang Of Youths’ A More Perfect Union mini-festival that same month.
The indie-rock outfit’s latest studio album was last year’s ‘Today We’re The Greatest’. Talk to NME‘s Ali Shutler, Joy explained how the band with their latest album, continued to “embrace vulnerability” and learned that “music exists without touring”.
“We don’t really know where this record is or what genre it is, but you have to take that risk,” Joy said. “If you want to express yourself freely, you have to risk being rejected or creating something bad.”