Title ID 6156Collection ID714
TitleCarols of Bethlehem
Date[ca. 1944]
CollectionNewman Family
ThemeFamily life
KeywordsCelebrations Children Christmas Communities Religious Festivals
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionFrancis Henry Newman
CameraFrancis Henry Newman; Alice Margaret Newman
ParticipantsMargaret Newman
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration5min. 14sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A film of a church nativity play, called the 'Carols of Bethlehem', from 1944, in which the film-maker's daughter, Margaret Newman, plays an angel.


The film opens with the shepherds huddled around the fire; a group of 5 angels appear, including Margaret who has several lines in the play. The camera then cuts to a shot of one of the teachers in a tweed suit, playing the piano. Next the three wise men, are seen and the camera pans out to reveal the whole group, including the angels.