THE ALTERNATIVITYBBC Two
Broadcast: Dec 2017
This hour-long film sees creative visionary Danny Boyle travel to Bethlehem to capture a festive performance of the nativity quite unlike any other. In March this year, graffiti artist Banksy opened The Walled Off Hotel in the little town of Bethlehem – a place under Israeli occupation, overlooked by a vast security wall and with checkpoints controlling the roads in and out. Now, in a bid to bring some festive cheer to what Banksy calls “the least Christmassy place on earth”, the artist has decided to stage an Alternativity in the carpark of his hotel around the corner from Manger Square, Bethlehem – believed to be the birthplace of Christ himself. But as a famously anonymous graffiti artist who has never put on a play, he is going to need some help – and who better than celebrated Oscar-winning film director and maestro behind the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony, Danny Boyle?