CAMDEN — This month, the Camden Public Library’s Friday Film Club gets into the spirit of the holiday season by watching and discussing the 2017 film “The Man Who Invented Christmas” (PG, 1hr. 44 min.). The group will meet on Zoom Friday, Dec. 17, at 4 p.m. The film should be watched prior to the discussion. Email to request the Zoom meeting link and details about how to watch the film.

The movie depicts the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge (played by Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim, and other classic characters from “A Christmas Carol.” Charles Dickens (played by Dan Stevens) mixed real life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today.

Based on a true story, the film shows Dickens’s struggles with career doubts and economic pressures. He saw the new book project as a quick way to redeem both his ambition and pocketbook. But in wrestling with his story and its unruly characters, Dickens undergoes a plight not unlike his famous creation, Ebenezer Scrooge. Dickens finds himself not simply composing a Christmas story, but living one as well, discovering through the process of writing a newfound gratitude for his friends, family, and life and a renewed belief in the power of giving to those in need.

The Friday Film Club meets monthly on third Fridays, and new members are always welcome. For more information, visit the “What’s Happening” events calendar at

Dan Stevens as Charles Dickens and Christopher Plummer as Ebenezer Scrooge in “The Man Who Invented Christmas.” Photo courtesy of Bleeker Street Media