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Directed by Debbie Isitt
  • Martin Freeman
  • Marc Wootton
  • Jason Watkins
  • Ashley Jensen
  • Pam Ferris
  • Alan Carr
Screenplay by Debbie Isitt
Genre Comedy, Family


UK Release Date 27th November 2009


When eccentric teaching assistant Mr Poppy (Marc Wootton) fuels primary school teacher Paul Maddens’ (Martin Freeman) ‘little white lie’ – that a Hollywood producer is coming to see the school’s musical version of the Nativity – Maddens finds himself a local celebrity.

Is The Plot Interesting?

At first I wasn’t too keen on the plot but as the movie progressed it got better and better and I warmed to it. Besides, the last act completely makes up for the slightly slow start we are given.


Is The Acting Good?

Martin Freeman is good as Paul Maddens, a teacher who is put in charge of creating the school’s nativity this year. The other person I would like to mention is Marc Wootton who plays the fun teaching assistant Mr Poppy because he was also good.

Is The Directing Good?

I would say that Nativity! is directed well but nothing about the directing stands out. The directing worked extremely well for the movie but I don’t know whether it would be as good outside of this project!


Is The Cinematography Good?

The cinematography isn’t the main focus of the movie. That being said, when the cinematography is good, it’s good but it’s not something the audience is immediately drawn too.

Is It Worth Watching?

I loved Nativity! and I always watch it at least once every December. It’s fun and entertaining and has great characters with great actors portraying them. Kids will love it and relate to some of the younger characters.


A big Hollywood company are coming here to see our nativity, and we’re all going to be famous!

– Marc Wootton as Mr Poppy