Films, TV & Radio

Reviews & previews of Films, TV shows and Radio programs.

Film: I Daniel Blake

This evening, Saturday 5 January, Ken Loach's award-winning film I, Daniel Blake will shown on BBC Two at 9.45pm. The film will be later be available on iplayer. First screened in cinemas in 2016, this movie is a searing indictment of the impact of recent UK government policy on real lives. It charts the story of two people caught in the nightmare of the benefits system. (The bureaucra...

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Listen: Get Up and Flee - the Flight to Egypt

It's the dead of night and Joseph is lying asleep, his wife Mary and the infant Jesus are close by. He is disturbed by the arrival of an urgent message - "Get up, take your child and his mother, and flee". They hastily pack what they can carry and run from the slaughter, heading to Egypt to escape the wrath of King Herod.

Broadcast this morning on Radio 4, Sarah Teather director of Jesui...

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JRS service at Farm Street on BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship

image: Alison Tsang

On Sunday 30th December, a special service recorded earlier this month at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship. Featuring music by Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir and the Jesuit Refugee Services UK Refugee Gospel Choir, the programme focuses on the Gospel passage that tells of the Holy Family's flight to Egypt. By drawing ...

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New short film: 'The Jerusalem Closure Policy: Separating Nativity From Resurrection'

The short movie, produced by The Society of St Yves, addresses the Jerusalem closure policy and its associated arbitrary system of closures, checkpoints and permits.

It also examines how this policy has hindered not only Palestinians' right to move freely in safety and dignity, but also every fundamental human right they are entitled to under international law. Wat...

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New film takes stand against militarism

War School, a provocative film launched this week, is set to challenge the British government's attempt to entice children into support for war.

Timed to coincide with the centenary of the end of World War I, War School tells the story of another battle. This one for the hearts and minds of Britain's children in an increasingly militarised society.

On the streets, on television, onl...

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Film: Lucky

'Lucky', John Carroll Lynch's directorial debut, featuring Harry Dean Stanton in his last starring role, is out this week in cinemas across the UK and Ireland.

Beautifully shot, this slow-moving, quirky film follows a few days in the life of a 90-year-old atheist and the people that inhabit his off the map desert town. Having out-lived and out-smoked all of his contemporaries, the fiercel...

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China-Vatican relations warming under Pope Francis

Hero of Chinese blockbuster movie is Catholic priest

Two documentaries about Pope Francis and Catholic history in China were recently aired in China, a sign that Beijing has been grasping the opportunity to improve China-Vatican ties under the papacy of Pope Francis.

In a change from the past, topics related to Catholicism have appeared frequently on China's mainstream media platforms in recent months, which experts say is a good sign for C...

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Booking: Tarkovsky's Andrei Rublev at St Nicholas' Church, Deptford

St Nicholas's CoE Church in Deptford, London SE8 3DQ, is the venue for special screening of a film which has been described as one of the greatest movies of all time. Tarkovsky's 1966 Andrei Rublev, based loosely on the 15th-century Russian icon painter deals with many themes of religion, artistic freedom and politics. St Nicholas's is the resting place of Christopher Marlowe and home to beauti...

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Film: The Sultan and the Saint

Recently, I watched the docudrama 'The Sultan and the Saint' at a screening organized at St Xavier's School in Delhi, by the Islamic Studies Association for Jesuits and their friends in the ministry of promoting interfaith relations. The film depicts one of the greatest stories from history. Set in a past period of East-West conflict, it speaks with urgency to our present. Two men of faith, one...

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New film on St John Paul's visit to Ireland to be screened at Westminster Cathedral

Pope John Paul II arrives in Ireland

History was made in September 1979, when St John Paul II became the first Pope to visit Ireland.

His pilgrimage celebrated the centenary of the apparitions at Knock, in August 1879. It also marked the beginning of Ireland's Peace Process as nearly 300,000 heard his appeal at Drogheda to the men of violence: "on my knees, I beg you to turn away from the path of violence and return to the w...

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Review: 'Humans' - Raising the ethics of Artificial Intelligence

I am wary of technology and concepts like 'Artificial Intelligence', but the latest series of Channel 5's sci-fi drama 'Humans' has made me realise that complex questions surrounding the creation of high-functioning robots cannot be ignored. I believe that people of faith should be engaging with the issues involved.

The final episode of the third series of 'Humans' is on Thursday 5 July. ...

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Film: The Breadwinner

The Breadwinner is an upcoming and thought provoking animated film by Cartoon Saloon. Directed by Nora Twomey and executive produced by Mimi Polk Gitlin and Angelina Jolie, it raises awareness on sensitive and political issues. It has received a nomination for Best Animated Feature at the 90th Academy Awards, and has received a Canadian Screen Award for Adapted Screenplay, due to it's ability t...

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Sean Bean wins BAFTA for role in Broken

Sean Bean as Fr Michael Kerrigan

Sheffield actor Sean Bean has won a BAFTA for his lead performance in the BBC drama Broken. He collected his prize in a star-studded ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall last night.

Set in a Catholic community in the north of England, Broken tells the moving stories of the people and their parish priest Fr Michael Kerrigan.

Their poverty, grief, crime and family troubles all evoke hi...

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Film: Edie

Edie, in cinemas from 25th May, tells the story of Edith Moore, an elderly woman who decides to fulfil a life-long dream of climbing Mount Suilven in Scotland. Featuring an unforgettable performance from Sheila Hancock, the film offers a chance to reflect on the themes of regret and renewal which run through all of our lives, and which are at the heart of the Christian message. A com...

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