By Debbie ISITT


Comedy - Completed 2009

Heart-warming family Christmas comedy which has taken over £5m at the UK box office

    • Year of production
    • 2009
    • Genres
    • Comedy
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 105 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Debbie ISITT
    • Writer(s)
    • Debbie ISITT
    • Producer(s)
    • Nick JONES (BBC Films)
    • Synopsis
    • MARTIN FREEMAN is Mr. Maddens, a frustrated, under-achieving, primary school teacher. His long time adversary, Gordon Shakespeare, (JASON WATKINS), is the teacher at the posh independent school up the road. Every year, the two schools are embroiled in a bitter rivalry to achieve a 5-star review for their Christmas nativity play. Maddens’ class always comes runner up. The story of his life.
      This year, Maddens makes an idle boast to Shakespeare that his school’s showstopping musical has attracted the attention of his ex-girlfriend, Jennifer Lore (ASHLEY JENSEN) – who happens to be a big time Hollywood Producer. They want to make a movie starring his kids… Hollywood is coming to Coventry!
      When over-enthusiastic new classroom assistant, Mr Poppy (MARC WOOTTON), overhears the lie, suddenly Maddens finds himself a local celebrity, and at the centre of quarelling parents, a wannabe show director, and more Mary and Josephs than he can shake a stick at! Now all he needs to do is persuade Jennifer to make Hollywood pay attention and make their dreams come true…
      NATIVITY is a sweet, heartwarming family comedy of how nothing can get in the way of the true spirit of Christmas.
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Aug 01, 2008