As our regular readers will be aware, we’re a little obsessed with Christmas films. There’s nothing better than settling in on a cold December’s evening with some Mince Pies, a glass of wine (or soft drink alternative), and some good Christmas movies. Or bad Christmas movies, we’re not too fussed.
Equally, it’s great to go to the cinema and watch a new Christmas film, surrounded by like-minded people who are just looking to enjoy something Christmassy too.
The good news is that there are two bonafide Christmas films arriving in UK cinemas in November and December. Both are typical comedic festive fayre.
Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey? is the third instalment of the popular British franchise of films, while Get Santa has all the hallmarks of a decent Christmas movie, created by Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions and released in the UK by Warner Bros.
We have written previews on both films are the links below:
There is also a third film that caught our eye, although it’s certainly an alternative to the usual type of movie we look at on this site.
Open Bethlehem, directed by the talented Melvyn Bragg, is a documentary-film by Palestinian documentary-maker Leila Sansour.
As the title suggests, it is all about her hometown of Bethlehem and calls for an international response to the plight there. Having left as a teenager, she returned in 2004 to find the Israeli separation wall closing in around the town and polls suggest a worldwide public ignorance to the situation in Palestine.
Sansour calls on the European Union to issues sanctions against Israel and tries to bring people together in Bethlehem, from the Christian churches to Palestine solidarity groups.
It sounds fasincating and powerful. We will let you know when more details about the release are known, but it will be released by Munro Films on 5th December. Formats and distribution are yet to be confirmed.