NA­TIV­ITY ROCKS! | How to make a se­quel the hard way…

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What’s more dif­fi­cult than try­ing to di­rect a class of eight-yearolds in a play? How about do­ing it while try­ing to di­rect a film at the same time? Not tough enough? Why not adlib the en­tire thing too? Deb­bie Isitt has been mak­ing Na­tiv­ity films for al­most 10 years now, so she re­ally only has her­self to blame, but she looks re­mark­ably calm in the mid­dle of the messi­est, loud­est, cra­zi­est set TF has ever seen.

“It’s pretty much al­ways like this!” she shouts, scream­ing over the sound of an en­tire class of kids all hurl­ing them­selves at a fancy dress box, a film crew try­ing to re­set the lights, 50 par­ents clutch­ing lint brushes, and one guy on the pi­ano who’s play­ing a live back­ground score in the cor­ner.

The script is fully im­pro­vised, as per the other three films in the series, so none of the ac­tors know what’s go­ing to hap­pen next – just as well your co-stars have been roped in from the lo­cal pri­mary school. “I’ve al­ready made two chil­dren cry to­day,” says Craig Revel Hor­wood, mak­ing his film de­but be­tween sea­sons of Strictly Come Danc­ing. “I al­ways said I wanted to be in a hor­ror movie and I guess this is as close as I’m go­ing to get!”

Back in char­ac­ter, Hor­wood tells one lit­tle girl that she “looks stupid in her glasses” and she bursts into tears.

“It’s tough when you get in the mo­ment,” says Celia Im­rie, com­fort­ing the kids off cam­era as the “nice one” in the group. “I think these chil­dren are quite bril­liant. And I think ev­ery­one mak­ing this film is ut­terly mad!”


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