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    Tuesday, August 22, 2006

    Nativity News vol.5

    The official website for The Nativity Story has added a second behind the scenes featurette. This time it's mainly Catherine Hardwicke's talking us through the project. It's pretty much the kind of thing one would expect from a publicity short. Hardwicke stresses her religious upbringing, talks about attention to detail and historical accuracy, and so on. Certainly there are a several points of similarity with writer Mike Rich in the first featurette.

    There's also a brief statement from producer Wyck Godfrey
    Catherine has had great success really capturing the lives of young people in particular and the conflict and crisis, and pain of being that age growing up and the idea of her bringing that point of view to biblical times I think is really interesting.
    ...which nicely sums up some of the thematic elements, and I suppose why they were attracted to her as a director. Certainly the way she has captured adolescent life elsewhere is what makes this project about a teenage Mary most interesting.

    Whilst the featurette doesn't really say too much, you get a bit of a feel for the look of the film. One thing, in particular, that does stand out is Keisha Castle-Hughes as Mary who looks impressive even in the brief glances we see here.

    There are links to all my blog posts on this film here.

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    • At 7:54 pm, August 22, 2006, Blogger Unknown said…

      Can't wait! Can't wait! Can't wait -- my only wish is that it really delivers when it is finally shown. I already pre-ordered the book -- can't wait for the OST and DVD!

      I also read your cartoon Jonah post. Are you familiar with the cartoon series "Superbook" (about kids traveling back to "Old" Testament times and meeting its greatest heroes) and "The Flying House" (about kids going back to New Testament times and meeting Jesus and the apostles)? I used to watch them on TV in the early 80s when I was a kid. I think they were produced by CBS, as they used to come right after "The 700 Club."


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