Danny Boyle and Banksy put on 'Alternativity' in new documentary

Danny Boyle and Banksy put on 'Alternativity' in new documentary

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BBC Two has announced Banksy's observational arts documentary The Alternativity will air on 17 December. 

The film follows Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) as he travels to Bethlehem for an unconventional nativity performance, in a place which Banksy deems "the least Christmassy place on earth".

The "Alternativity" takes place in a carpark near Manger Square, Bethlehem, which is widely believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ. 

Having never travelled to the Middle East before, and with extreme instructions from the mysterious artist whom he has never met, Boyle travels to Bethlehem to put on a festive show from scratch.

The film documents Boyle's extraordinary journey to the Middle East over six weeks, showing the challenges he faces assembling a cast and crew for the festive theatrical performance...and his attempt to accomplish Banksy's ambitious request of making it snow. 

The documentary is the graffiti artist's latest project in the occupied Palestinian territory, following his art installation The Walled Off Hotel, which was overlooked by a huge security wall with checkpoints in Bethlehem.

“It is brilliant for BBC Two to be working with Danny Boyle, Banksy and the creative team who together are making this alternative nativity," said BBC Two Controller Patrick Holland. "It promises to be a challenging and provocative exploration of a story of that speaks to young and old alike.”

The Alternativity will air on BBC Two at 9pm on Sunday 17 December.

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