Behind the scenes of A Christmas Gift From Bob

The Big Issue celebrates the release of A Christmas Gift From Bob by taking a behind the scenes look at the making of the film that captures the magic of the late, great Street Cat Bob

A Christmas Gift From Bob, the festive film all feline fans have been waiting for, is finally on the big screen and, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, streaming to smaller screens until cinemas reopen.

And last November, before “covid” or “R rate” where even a glint in 2020’s eye, The Big Issue was invited onset to meet Bob and the rest of cast and crew on set.

James Bowen, the former busker and Big Issue vendor who became an author thanks to his adventures with Bob was there too.

Speaking about the incredible success of 2016’s A Street Cat Named Bob, he said: “The first film connected with audiences around the world…

“It saw off competition from some big Hollywood imports and was at one point in tens of thousands of Chinese cinemas. It was mind-bending.”

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And Luke Treadaway, who returns to star as James, explained the plot of the sequel: “The film begins when James meets a homeless guy and takes him for some food. Through talking to him he offers this story of the last Christmas he and Bob were working on the streets together.

“It’s that story we’re seeing throughout the film; how things can be very bad but can lead to a brighter future; by doing good, good comes back to you.”

The film is available now to watch on streaming services and cinemas across the country and you can read the full behind the scenes story in the latest edition of The Big Issue.

And to mark the film’s release, The Big Issue proudly has Bob on its cover – which reflects a key point of the film’s storyline.

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James helps a young homeless person by recommending that he becomes a Big Issue vendor. That helps turn his life around.

From selling the magazine to appearing on its cover multiple times, James and Bob have raised awareness of what Big Issue vendors are going through.

At this moment in time, vendors in England are unable to sell magazines due to lockdown restrictions. But The Big Issue is continuing to support them through incredibly difficult times.

We can only do that with your support though. If you can’t buy this magazine from a vendor, please consider pre-ordering through The Big Issue Shop. If you live overseas, you can also purchase a copy here.

Bobites will also be able to download a digital version of the magazine on Monday via The Big Issue App. Subscriptions are available to make sure you never miss out on James and Bob related stories in the future!

In these unpredictable times, the message in A Christmas Gift From Bob about kindness, compassion and keeping the hope through hopeless times is as essential as ever.

Big Issue vendors need your help now more than ever. More than 1,000 vendors are out of work because of the second lockdown in England. They can’t sell the magazine and they can’t rely on the income they need.

The Big Issue is helping our vendors with supermarket vouchers and gift payments but we need your help to do that.

Please buy this week’s magazine from the online shop or take out a subscription to make sure we can continue to support our vendors over this difficult period. You can even link your subscription to your local vendor with our new online map.

Thank you all so much for your ongoing support.