" is the debut single by actress Kate Winslet
, released in November 2001.
The song is taken from the 2001 animated film The Movie
which is based on the Charles Dickens
classic novel. Winslet provided the voice of Belle in the film, which also stars Nicolas Cage
, Jane Horrocks
and Simon Callow
"What If" is a ballad that follows the film's theme, and was the first and only song to be released from the official movie soundtrack
. It was written and produced by Steve Mac
, who has worked with Westlife
. The music video, which was directed by Paul Donnellon and produced by Chris Horton, shows Winslet walking around an old Victorian house
, along with clips from the film.
News that Winslet was secretly recording the one-off single to vie for the 2001 UK Christmas number one
spot was reported in the Daily Mirror
newspaper. In the event the song entered the UK Singles Chart
at number 6, and was beaten to the Christmas top spot by Robbie Williams
and Nicole Kidman
's version of "Somethin' Stupid
". "What If" debuted at number 1 on the Irish Singles Chart
on 7 December 2001, toppling Irish television puppet Dustin's
version of "Sweet Caroline
". It remained at number 1 for four weeks. The song also topped the charts in Austria and Belgium (Flanders) singles chart, was a top ten hit in Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands, and won the 2002......