A Christmas Gift From Bob follows on from A Street Cat Named Bob filmed 4 years before. It was based on the book of the same name and The World According to Bob by James Bowen the author, and Bob's human. The film won Best British Film at the UK National Film Awards in 2017, and this is a Christmas-themed sequel.
Based on the true story of homeless busker Bowen and his handsome ginger tom Bob, a stray whom he nursed back to health; the film will be screening in cinemas nationally on Thursday 3 December 2020.
From the day James rescued the injured street cat whom he found abandoned in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation, the two began a friendship, which transformed both their lives and touched millions around the world. In A Christmas Gift from Bob, James looks back at the last Christmas he and Bob spent, scraping a living on the streets. Bob helped him through one of his toughest times just by being by his side, ultimately teaching the community about the true meaning of the Christmas spirit along the way.
Starring Luke Treadaway in both the 1st film and the sequel, the real Bob also plays himself in both films, with the help of supporting co-stars who had also stood in for Bob in the first film. This time James finds himself in trouble with Animal Welfare who are threatening to take Bob away from him. With no means and not knowing where to begin, James feels he could be fighting a losing battle.
Being released just in time for Christmas this year, you can add this to your growing list of must see Christmas films, coz 'tis the season. Luke Treadaway is unfaltering, playing the homeless James again, with a believable performance. A little unsure, a little uncomfortable, a little lost in a rich world as the film begins. He walks you through what it's like to be in a desperate situation, lost and not knowing what to do.
Bob has the easy role and is a natural. He just has to play himself and capture hearts. It's an easy film to watch as the story unfolds, and if I'm correct, I'm pretty sure I caught a glimpse of the real Bowen in the film, appearing for just a moment, just like Hitchcock used to in each of his films.