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On Angel Wings

Shown on BBC 1 on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2014 and 2015 , On Angel Wings is a spectacular family animation based on Michael Morpurgo’s picture book. Featuring the voices of Michael Gambon, Juliet Stevenson and Dominic Cooper, this half-hour special captures the Christmas story from the viewpoint of an adventurous young shepherd boy who is taken on a secret, enchanted night-flight to witness the Christmas miracle. The production was financed by Jerusalem Productions, Illuminated Films and Kaleidoscope Film Distribution. Iain Harvey (The Snowman, Father Christmas, Little Princess) was Producer, with Michael Morpurgo as Executive Producer.

To find out more about this delightful animation and to purchase a copy on DVD, please visit the official site at www.onangelwingsfilm.com.

Watch the trailer below:

@JesusTweetsYou

For Christmas 2015, Jerusalem Productions commissioned a festive Twitter campaign – @JesusTweetsYou – a humorous feed as if Jesus were responding to various topical seasonal themes; notably the John Lewis advert and the Lord’s Prayer cinema advert controversy.

Using puns aplenty and creating six comedy videos, the feed gained 5,400 followers over its 68-day lifespan, with 2 million impressions and over 10,000 views of the six videos, which can be viewed by clicking here. The campaign was designed and delivered by That Lot.

The Nativity Factor

The Nativity Factor ran for five years up until 2015. The project aimed to remind everyone that Christmas is a holiday when Christians mark the birth of Jesus Christ. Using nativity factorthe power of online video to deliver the true meaning of Christmas, the Nativity Factor asked budding filmmakers to create their version of the Nativity story. There is more information on the Nativity Factor website www.nativityfactor.com.

The 2015 winners:

Click here to view past entries available on the Nativity Factor YouTube channel.

Christmas Starts with Christ

In 2014, Jerusalem Productions once again helped to fund the ChurchAds’ “Christmas Starts with Christ” campaign which uses radio, posters and online media to reinforce the Christmas message. CSWC JumperThe campaign for Christmas 2014 included posters which asked a series of questions about the trivial things that people commonly associate with Christmas time and reminding us of its true meaning.

 

The Bethlehem Tales

Sir Derek Jacobi headed the cast for Classic FM’s Christmas Day 2013 Drama. Part thriller, part magical comedy, The Bethlehem Tales retells the Christmas story, from Annunciation Bethlehem_talesto the Flight into Egypt, from the point of view of contemporary eye-witnesses.   Interwoven with music drawn from the best of three centuries of Christmas Cantatas and Oratorios, the family radio play offers a different perspective on the Christmas story.

Political tension is building in Israel following the Roman census.  A series of confused rumours about signs and forewarnings in the City of David are going around.  Somewhere on the road from Bethlehem, a merchant – one of Herod’s agents – stops at an isolated inn.  Here a group of travellers heading towards Egypt is whiling away the evening telling stories.  Each of the travellers witnessed a different part of the events surrounding the Nativity.   Now, during this one night, these Bethlehem Tales try to convince Herod’s informer to abandon his calling and follow a new star.

Written by David Spicer and directed by Frank Stirling, The Bethlehem Tales was the third Christmas drama made by Unique for Classic FM in association with Jerusalem Productions. It was broadcast on Christmas Day 2013.

 

Beatbox Bible

This project produced a series of videos based on the hip-hop Gospel of Luke, written and performed by beatboxer Rev. Gavin Tyte and friends. The videos are in the style of the Beat Box Nativity which was a winner of the Nativity Factor 2011. The Beatbox Gospel of Luke communicates the bible in a new and innovative way and will make an excellent resource for schools, youth clubs, churches and prisons. For more information and to watch the videos, please go to: www.beatboxbible.com

Watch the winner Nativity Factor 2011 entry below:

The Christmas Mysteries

Broadcast on Classic FM on Christmas Day 2011, The Christmas Mysteries is a play based on The Wakefield Mysteries – the medieval pageants performed in the late Middle Ages. It tells the nativity story from the points of view of a rowdy rabble of smelly tanners, a saucy knave, a pious Abbot and a God-Fearing former monk, interspersed with English classical music. The Christmas Mysteries was written by David Spicer and co-produced by Unique the Production Company.

Christmas Starts with Christ

Jerusalem Productions has supported the ChurchAds’ (previously the Churches’ Advertising Network) Christmas campaign for over 10 years. ChurchAds produces radio commercials and posters and churches Churchadsare encouraged to purchase airtime and advertising space to broadcast and display them.

Past campaigns can be found here. 

In 2010, it was estimated that around 30 million people had the opportunity to see the poster or hear the radio advertisements. Posters were displayed on over 1,400 sites across the UK and the radio commercials were played on 175 stations.

Roll on Christmas

In 2011, Jerusalem Productions supported Roll on Christmas, an interactive Nativity play on Facebook,  created by Ship of Fools. The game allowed users to cast their Facebook friends as characters from the Nativity story, be it shepherd, wise man, angel or innkeeper. This exciting project used social networking to share a simple reminder of the story of Christmas.

 

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