Santa Camp
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Documentary film, Santa Camp to premiere om Foxtel


Directed and produced by Australian Nick Sweeney, SANTA CAMP follows one organisation’s journey to incorporate more diversity in the Santa industry. The documentary film premieres Friday, November 25 at 9.30pm on FOX DOCOS and On Demand.

Every summer, a horde of professional Santas, Mrs. Clauses and elves descend on a campsite in the New Hampshire woods to learn the tricks of their trade. But this year is different. The organizers, members of the one-hundred strong New England Santa Society, have decided to tackle a complicated and historic problem – the lack of diversity in the Santa industry. They decide to enlist a Black Santa named Chris, a Santa with a disability named Fin, and a transgender Santa named Levi, each with their own surprising Santa origin story.

Meanwhile, the Mrs. Claus delegation, led by veteran Dianne, is becoming more outspoken in its calls for equal billing and pay. The arrival of the new Santas sparks a reckoning about what it means to embody the beloved role model and cultural icon. After graduation, the Clauses draw on their camp experiences to affect change in their communities. But they soon learn that not everybody is ready for Santas who “break the mould.”

Nick Sweeney, director and producer said: “This film was a joy to make. I learned that being Santa is not easy, especially when you’re not a cookie-cutter Claus. Documenting the inspiring way our protagonists overcame the challenges thrown their way proved to me that being Santa is about what’s in your heart, and that there’s room for everyone in one of the world’s most popular traditions.”

SANTA CAMP is directed and produced by Nick Sweeney (AKA Jane Roe) and produced by Emmy® winner Stacey Reiss (The Andy Warhol Diaries, The Eagle Huntress).

SANTA CAMP premieres Friday, November 25 at 9.30pm AEDT on FOX DOCOS and On Demand on FOXTEL

Media Release – Foxtel

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