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  • Short film produced in 1980 by Doug Howard
  • Winner of first prize in the 1980 Canberra Movie Makers awards
  • What Dahl Did: wrote original story entitled “Genesis and Catastrophe”

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Excerpt from: CINEMA ACT winners screen at Reid tonight (1980, November 24). The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 – 1995), p. 8. Retrieved September 30, 2017, from

‘Nativity’, by Doug Howard, had no difficulty in carrying off the major award. The reasons will be obvious. The script, adapted from one of Roald Dahl’s short stories, gives it a significant start. Howard filmed under tightly-controlled conditions, in blacks, whites and reds. The dramatic tension builds up through a mother’s fear that this new child, like her others, will not survive. ‘Nativity’ depends very much on its punchline, which reveals the child’s identity.