COVENTRY’S HOMEGROWN filmmaker Debbie Isitt, officially unveiled the University’s spectacular exhibition of the Nativity in the Ellen Terry Foyer on Tuesday. Writes Gemma-Louise Johnson
Students and members of the public packed into the small foyer, for the drink and appetizer affair courtesy of CVONE, to witness the Lord Mayor open the exhibition, before Coventry University lecturer John Mair delivered a brief commentary and interviewed Isitt about the making of her new film Nativity, which premiered in Coventry on Monday evening.
The Lord Mayor proudly said: “I’m absolutely delighted along with Jill, the Lady Mayoress, to be invited to the premier yesterday evening. It showcases Coventry so well.
“There is so much going on in the world with recession and I was still feeling very smug and comfortable this morning about being able to watch what is an absolutely fantastic unique film, well done Debbie, Well done children and well done Coventry, thank you very much.”
Commenting exclusively for CUtoday, about her inspirations behind the film, the Coventry University acting graduate said: “I have a little girl myself and have seen how teachers work so hard to put these nativities on I’ve been to so many.
“But I could see Martin Freeman as this stressed as teacher,” She laughs.
“It was two Christmases ago that I visited 16 different Coventry schools and watched their Christmas plays.”
“It was a real joy to make the film in Coventry, partly because I live in Coventry and party because I knew the children of Coventry were really talented.”
The walls of Ellen Terry’s foyer will remain doused in plaques, displaying behind the scenes footage of the film and the trailer will play continually, on state of the art screens for the duration of the exhibition for all to see from 24 November- 10 December
Enjoying, and joining in with the exciting spectacle, was children from the cast who attended in their festive costumes, as worn by them in the film. The exhibition, which is open to the public for 2 weeks only, features original costumes as worn by members of the cast, rare scripts and props, the story of the film in Isitt’s own words and inside scoop from behind the scenes along with the films trailer.
Lecturer John Mair who helped coordinate the event said: “We are a practical media school and teach filmmaking. What better way to learn it than from a master based in Coventry using Coventry locations and Coventry talent? Debbie is an inspiration to new generations.”
Coventry University’s Nativity exhibition coincided with the films premier this week and the film launches tomorrow- what are you waiting for? Be part of the festive fun, go and judge them both for yourself!
By Gemma-Louise Johnson