Directed by Gavin Boyter, Christmas-themed romantic comedy Sparks And Embers has started shooting in London.

Shooting has begun on British romantic comedy Sparks And Embers, starring Love Actually actor Kris Marshall and French actress Annelise Hesme, whose credits include Paris and Moliere.

Boyter has also written the script for his feature debut about a couple whose four year relationship has broken down who meet to say a final farewell on a Christmas evening, only to discover that they still have feelings for each other. The film is set against the backdrop of London’s iconic Southbank.

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Co-produced by Cinemagine and Green Screen Productions, in association with Tall Tree Pictures, shooting will continue into next year, with plans to release autumn 2012. There is no UK distributor attached yet.

Boyter, who is also developing another UK feature project Nitrate, said: “I wanted to set out to make an honest yet entertaining film about relationships as well as a Christmas film that adheres to the rule “no Santa, no Jesus.The basic premise is, “When is it too late to salvage something meaningful?” which is an idea I think most audience members can relate to.  And I hope they will find the film funny, moving and surprising.”