Film: Another News Story

A film crew, led by a young film-maker, Orban Wallace, headed to the Greek island of Lesbos in 2015, just at the time when the images of the drowned three-year-old Syrian child, Aylan Kurdi, lying dead on a Turkish beach, were briefly awakening the conscience of the world. Looking for a new angle on how to report the crisis unfolding across Europe, they noticed the media feeding-frenzy ...

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Film: Summer in the Forest - its about all of us

Jean Vanier with Celine and Fred

If you had just one word to describe Randall Wright’s new documentary Summer in the Forest, it would have to be Joy.

This beautiful film explores two of Jean Vanier’s L’Arche communities, listening to residents’ stories and accompanying them as they live and work together.

While many documentary makers drop in on communities for a short time, film people and leave - Wright..

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New film previews in London: ‘Archbishop Romero, his people and Pope Francis’

Q&A  after screening with director Gianni Beretta (centre)  Julian Filochowski  left,  Clare Dixon on right

A quarter of a million people attended the beatification ceremony in El Salvador for Archbishop Oscar Romero on 23 May 2015. A huge crowd chanted songs and carried banners as a procession moved from the cathedral, where Archbishop Romero's tomb lies in the crypt, to Salvador del Mundo (Saviour of the World) Square in the centre of San Salvador. Here the Vatican envoy Cardinal Angelo Amato presi...

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New film about Fatima

Plans for a new film about Fatima, which were announced at the Cannes Film Festival last month, have been endorsed by the World Apostolate of Fatima. The movie, currently in preproduction will be directed by Marco Pontecorvo and star Harvey Keitel and Sonia Braga. Gary Hamilton, managing director of Arclight Films, said the company was thrilled to be working on the project. Last month two of t...

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Film: Summer in the Forest in cinemas from 23 June

An extraordinary new documentary film, Summer in the Forest, about a special Catholic community in France, is arriving in UK cinemas later this month. The film about Jean Vanier and the first L'Arche community he founded will be released in the UK on 23 June. The film tells the story of the search for love and friendship by the intellectually disabled members of the the L'Arche communities in F...

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Film: The Shack

Octavia Spencer, Sam Worthington in scene from The Shack

The Shack is based on a best selling book by William P Young, which amazingly for a Christian themed book was on the New York Times Best seller list for 70 weeks. It became a publishing phenomenon with devotees buying dozens of copies to give away. I myself received a copy from an enthusiastic friend. Published in 40 languages and selling 22 million copies, it was inevitable that one day it wou...

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Pope Francis to feature in Wim Wenders film

Pope Francis is to become the first Pope to participate personally and feature in a documentary film. The announcement was made at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival by film producer 'Focus Features' that said it had acquired worldwide rights to 'Pope Francis – A Man of His Word.'

The film, directed by film director Wim Wenders, is a co-production with the Vatican. A press release r...

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New film on Jean Vanier’s L’Arche movement + trailer

A new documentary out next month explores the history of the L’Arche movement. Summer in the Forest, follows Philippe, Michel, Andre and Patrick, who were once locked away and forgotten in violent asylums, until the 1960s, when the young philosopher Jean Vanier took a stand and secured their release. Together they created L'Arche, a community at the edge of a beautiful forest near Paris, buil...

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Film: Their Finest

Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy in Their Finest

“It’ll all be all right after a cup of tea….”

The subtle strength of a woman’s touch is central to the story that unfolds in Their Finest, directed by Lone Scherfig and now on general release.

This is a film about making a film, the context being the work of the Ministry of Information’s film division during World War Two. It’s the Blitz, and with Britain taking a poun...

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Film: The Promise

The word ‘genocide’ was coined to describe one of the most awful crimes of the 20th Century - and yet many people today won’t know what happened to Turkey’s Armenian Christians between 1915 and 1923. A religious and ethnic minority in a country experiencing a tide of nationalism, the Armenians became a target of persecution. Eventually over 1.5 million people were killed and many others...

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London screening: Ignacio de Loyola

Special screenings of a new film exploring the life of St Ignatius Loyola take place in London this Palm Sunday, at the Regent Street Cinema.

Shot in Spain and the Philippines, Ignacio de Loyola is directed by Paolo Dy, the film stars Andreas Munoz, Javier Godino and Julio Perillan.

The film will be shown at 2pm and 5.30pm at the Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent Street, London, W1B ...

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Johnny Depp film composer becomes CAFOD ambassador

Benson with CAFOD fish

A Bradford-born, award-winning film composer who penned the score for Johnny Depp's latest film, London Fields has become the newest ambassador for CAFOD.

Benson Taylor, whose music has featured in TV shows the Big Bang Theory, Orange is the New Black and Two and a Half Men is currently supporting the charity's Big Fish Lent Appeal.

A lifelong committed Catholic, the married father-...

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Film: Loving

Loving, the new film from acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols, released in the UK this Friday, tells the true story of the interracial couple, Richard and Midred Loving, played by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga, from a small town in Virginia, who fell in love and got married in 1958, but then spent the next nine years struggling to live together as a family.

It's hard to believe, but bac...

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Arnold Schwarzenegger greets Pope at General Audience

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Among those greeting Pope Francis at the General Audience on Wednesday was Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former governor of the US state of California and Hollywood film star.

Schwarzenegger has been promoting the 'R20 - Regions of Climate Action', an NGO he founded in 2010 which seeks to help sub-national governments around the world to develop and communicate low-carbon and climate ...

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