An independent cinema in Glasgow is getting into the Christmas spirit with a special screening to raise money for charity.  

Cinemagoers in the city’s West End get the chance to enjoy a new heart-warming animated short film this month and raise funds for the homeless.  

The Grosvenor Picture Theatre in the city’s Ashton Lane is among cinemas all over Scotland showing Scottish author Angela Proctor’s festive story ‘Arthur’s Christmas Tale’.  

Ms Proctor, who writes under the name AH Proctor, initially crafted the story as a poem highlighting kindness and homelessness for schoolchildren doing a charity sleep-in.   

The tale was so successful that she has now transformed it into a short film, Arthur’s Christmas Tale, to raise funds for Shelter Scotland

The animation features a little pug, Arthur, who encounters cold-hearted Jack Frost as he watches over his homeless master, James, sleeping on cardboard in the snow.  The little dog wins over the icy, stranger with an act of kindness demonstrating the true spirit of Christmas.  

The Herald: An image from the film 

Ms Proctor said: “I love Christmas, I’m a big kid at heart, although I’m not really interested in presents. It’s family time I love and togetherness and spending time with loved ones is what is reflected in Arthur's Christmas Tale. 

“The little dog is happy because he's with James whom he loves unconditionally. He feels sorry for Jack Frost because he's all alone, so sorry in fact that he gives him the only possession he has in the whole world – a shiny white bone, so that Jack doesn't feel so alone anymore.  

“It’s a poignant message and I’m hoping it will resonate with cinemagoers, where it is being shown during trailers throughout December, and help raise much-needed funds for Shelter Scotland.”  

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Jo McKendrick, a teacher at Knightswood Primary School said: “The children of Knightswood Primary School, who took part in the filming of Arthur's Christmas Tale were over the moon to be selected.  

“They were touched and humbled to find out that the film was created to raise funds for Shelter and that homeless people especially children would benefit from the money raised.”  

Current statistics show that in March 2023 there were 15,039 Scottish households in temporary accommodation, 9,595 of them including children - the highest number recorded.   

Between April 2022 and March 2023, another 32,242 households became homeless, the equivalent of a household losing their home every 16 minutes. 

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Sharryn McKelvie, Shelter Scotland Senior Community Fundraising Area Manager said: “This is a fantastic initiative by Angela at a time of year that can be full of despair for those without a home.   

“We hope that those lucky enough to enjoy quality time in the warmth of a cinema will think about others less fortunate and donate what they can to help make sure no one has to fight the threat of homelessness alone. 

"Shelter Scotland exists to defend the right to a safe home and fight the devastating impact the housing emergency has on people and society. Shelter Scotland believes that home is everything.    

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Proctor, from the East End of Glasgow, is best known for her Thumble Tumble series of stories for children. She worked with Glasgow-based independent animation studio Clubhouse Animations and StrangeWorx Productions to create the short film. 

Arthur’s Christmas Tale is being shown in independent cinemas from Inverness to Dumfries throughout this month. Visitors will be able to donate via the Shelter Scotland Giving Page or by donating cash to collection buckets at cinemas across Scotland.