A Small Miracle
A 25-minute animated film without words based on the picture book by Peter Collington. The traditional nativity characters feature in the story but the setting is contemporary and the plot, touching and original
Ages 3 and upwards
"A Snowman-like animation" Woman
"A moving, unsentimental and often humorous take on the traditional story" The Guardian
Screenplay by Nick Whitby
Storyboard by Alison de Vere
Music by Ochremedia
Animation by Spider Eye and S.O.B.
Produced by Joy Whitby in association with Jerusalem Productions
First shown on BBC TV
On Christmas Eve a poor old woman plays her accordion in the street. Apart from two children, the passers-by ignore her and by the end of the day she has to sell her accordion to buy some food. Worse is to come. On her way home a thief steals her money. She discovers that he has also vandalised the church – the little Nativity figures lie scattered on the floor and the collection box is empty. The old woman restores order and sets off exhausted towards her caravan but before long she collapses in the snow. And now the magic begins. The little Nativity figures come to life and carry her safely home. They make sure that her good deeds are rewarded so that in the morning she wakes to the most wonderful Christmas she could ever imagine.