More Christmas Cheer . . . or Something . . . Peter Capaldi’s Oscar-winning film

I haven’t seen this yet, but I’m definitely planning on it over the holidays.  Peter Capaldi is the first Doctor to have actually won an Oscar (though of course John Hurt’s been nominated twice and won numerous other awards in a long and illustrious career), though it wasn’t for acting — in 1994, he wrote, directed, and produced a short called “Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life” (as opposed to Frank Capra’s version), starring Richard E Grant.  It tied for Best Short Picture with “Trevor”, a film about teen suicide and sexuality.  And now it’s available on YouTube!  I haven’t seen it yet, but like one of its two bits of source material, it’s apparently a Christmas movie.  But rather than following Jimmy Stewart’s affable George Bailey around as he attempts to find his self-worth amidst a financial crisis, this follows the author Franz Kafka as he struggles to find inspiration as he writes what will become his most famous work, “Metamorphosis”.

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