Lo­cal writer pens new Christ­mas movie

Car­ley Smale’s The Christ­mas Pen Pals airs Dec. 15 on Life­time and Su­per Chan­nel

The Peterborough Examiner - - News - JES­SICA NYZNIK Ex­am­iner Staff Writer Jes­[email protected] pe­ter­bor­ough­daily.com

A Peter­bor­ough na­tive has writ­ten yet an­other Christ­mas movie that’ll be air­ing this hol­i­day sea­son.

Car­ley Smale wrote the screen­play for The Christ­mas Pen Pals.

It’ll be on the Su­per Chan­nel in Canada on Dec. 22 at 8 p.m. and on Life­time in the United States on Dec. 15 at 8 p.m.

The Christ­mas Pen Pals is about a woman named Hannah who heads home for the hol­i­days af­ter an un­ex­pected breakup. There, she runs into the high school boyfriend she’s been avoid­ing for years. At the re­quest of her fa­ther, Hannah re­luc­tantly signs up for the town’s Christ­mas Cupid, an anony­mous hol­i­day pen pal ser­vice. She’s smit­ten by each let­ter she gets and starts to be­lieve her pen pal could be her soul mate. On Christ­mas Eve, ev­ery­one re­veals their iden­ti­ties to their pen pals, which could be the last per­son they’d ex­pect.

The Christ­mas Pen Pals stars Sarah Drew, Niall Mat­ter and Michael Gross and was di­rected by Siob­han Devine.

Smale, a Crest­wood Sec­ondary School grad­u­ate, has writ­ten sev­eral Christ­mas movies over the years and made her di­rec­to­rial de­but with Cold Sea­son – which she also wrote – in 2015.

She started writ­ing Christ­mas pieces when she was an in­tern in Toronto and it was a per­fect fit.

“I re­ally love Christ­mas time and have al­ways loved Christ­mas movies and rom-coms, so it’s re­ally fun for me,” Smale said.

The 28-year-old is also in­volved in an an­nual Christ­mas Concert at The Venue. This year, it takes place on Thurs­day, start­ing at 7 p.m. The Pa­per Shak­ers and Kate Suhr will per­form. The event is pay-what-you-can and pro­ceeds go to The Warm­ing Room.

Smale left Peter­bor­ough in 2009 to study me­dia at Hum­ber Col­lege. She later worked as a writer and di­rec­tor of de­veop­ment at Ch­esler/Perl­mut­ter Pro­duc­tions.

The for­mer James Strath Pub­lic School stu­dent has now branched out on her own and free­lances un­der In­te­gral Arts.


Peter­bor­ough screen­writer Car­ley Smale's lat­est film, Christ­mas Pen Pals, airs Dec. 15 on Life­time in the U.S. and Su­per Chan­nel in Canada.

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