• Charlie Vogelsang

5 Unconventional Indie Christmas Films

IndieVisible is here to save your Christmas with five great indie films to fuel the holiday season.

Let’s face it, Christmas films can get a bit repetitive with the same boring formula over and over again. Clear classics like The Holiday and Love Actually are extraordinary films, but even they can feel a bit mundane after your fifth watch in December. Instead, celebrate the holiday season with these five amazing indie films.


Based on Peter B. Kyne’s novel Three Godfathers, Tokyo Godfathers is a Japanese animated film that follows three homeless people who discover a newborn baby among the trash on Christmas Eve. While searching for the parents of this stray newborn, they are sent on an adventure that’s both tragic and hilarious. Written and directed by the late Satoshi Kon, Tokyo Godfathers is a Christmas film that you’ll never forget.


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Credit: Film Funding

Sick of all the joy at Christmas? Then Black Christmas is the film for you. Inspired by an urban legend and murders in Canada, Black Christmas follows a group of sorority sisters who are hunted and taken out by a deranged killer during the festive season. Bob Clark directs this early slasher film and shows that Christmas doesn’t have to be happy and merry.


Christmas is supposed to be the happiest time of year. Unfortunately that’s not the case in White Reindeer. Leading lady Suzanne (Anna Margaret Hollyman) is thrown for a loop when her husband dies unexpectedly - and it gets worse after she finds out he was cheating with a stripper. White Reindeer is a dark comedy that’ll make you laugh, cry and shock you with the raunchy moments - maybe don’t watch this one with your parents.


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Credit: Magnolia Pictures & Magnet Releasing

Captured entirely on an iPhone 5S, Tangerine captures the nightlife of Los Angeles during Christmas Eve. It follows two transgender prostitutes who are sent on a wild goose chase searching for one of their cheating boyfriends - who is also their pimp. They encounter many misadventures and are shown many different sides of American subculture. Tangerine is a modern Christmas film for audiences who aren’t afraid to stare life - and reality - in the face.


A Scottish radio disc jockey undergoes a bizarre series of events, from his girlfriend leaving to getting involved between two Italian ice-cream gangsters. Comfort and Joy is completely bonkers (in the best way) with lead actor Bill Paterson bringing both silliness and kind-heartedness to the Christmas season.