New film tells story of Irish Presentation Nun - Sister India

Sr Loreto with film poster

An Irish Presentation Sister, Sr Loreto Houlihan, is the subject of a documentary - Sister India - produced by Irish film-maker, Myles O'Reilly. Sr Loreto, born Peg Houlihan near Carrick-on-Suir in Co Tipperary in 1927 has spent 70 years teaching in India where she recently celebrated her 91st birthday. The film is currently being screened at a number of film festivals in Ireland and in India.<...

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New film explores unknown life of St Maximilian Kolbe

Two Crowns, directed by Michał Kondrat, (in Polish with English subtitles) is the first movie to feature little known facts from the life of Father Maximilian Kolbe - from his childhood to the heroic decision to sacrifice his own life for a co-prisoner at Auschwitz.

Fr Maximilian Maria Kolbe, martyr, missionary and journalist, has been described as having 'a genius mind'. Besides leading...

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Film: Another News Story

A powerful documentary film which was reviewed on ICN by Father Rob Esdaile last summer, is due to be screened at a number of venues in London next month. There will also be Q&As with the producer, director and others involved in the film at some of the screenings.

Another News Story takes a fresh view of the European refugee crisis. The film opens in 2015 Greece as refugees arrive on the...

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Film: Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene has fascinated writers and artists over the centuries and been the cause of much speculation. Eastern Christian tradition always honoured her as the specially commissioned witness to Christ's Resurrection. Western Christendom muddled her identity with the woman taken in adultery, the repentant woman who washed Jesus' feet and Mary of Bethany, Lazarus' sister. Western art particul...

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New film: 'Pope Francis - A Man of His Word'

Wim Wenders with Pope Francis

The official trailer for a new film entitled: 'Pope Francis - A Man of His Word' was released today, on the fifth anniversary of the Holy Father's pontificate. Written and directed by the three-time Academy Award nominee Wim Wenders, the film is intended to be a personal journey with Pope Francis, rather than a biographical documentary about him.

Mgr Dario Eduardo Vigano, Prefect of the ...

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ACN-backed film nominated for Oscar

International Gold Student Academy Award winners Tobias Rosen, producer of Watu Wote and director Katja Benrath  ©ACN

A short film, produced with support from Aid to the Church in Need - which tells how Muslims in Kenya gave their lives saving Christians from gun-toting Islamists - has been nominated for an Oscar.

Watu Wote: All of us - which was part-funded by ACN via the production company Catholic Radio and Television Network (CRTN), has been short-listed for the Best Short Film (Live Action)...

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Film: Lady Bird

A gentle, funny, coming-of-age story. Although set in the early 80s, in Sacramento, California, in one sense Lady Bird has all the ingredients of your classic adolescent drama - the rebellious teenager in her final year at high school, clashes with her mother, first encounters with the opposite sex, the best friend, moods swerving from elation to despair. But it's so much more.

What lifts...

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Feel the Force: Star Wars and Ignatius

Whether you have never seen it or whether you are a fully paid-up member of the Jedi religion (there are 176,632 of them in England and Wales according to the 2011 census), Star Wars is a cultural phenomenon that is hard to ignore. Tim McEvoy writes in Pathways to God .

It began as a risk-taking 'space opera' in the tradition of Buck Rogers back in 1977 that many involved in the ...

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Film: The Post

Phew - the Oscar nominations are out, and the movie The Post is included, with two nominations, one for Meryl Streep, her 15th nomination as Best Actress, (she's won it twice), and for Best Picture. I was distinctly worried that this magnificent movie might have been excluded, either because it's too late for inclusion (only just in cinemas in the UK); or because of its controversy. But it is t...

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Lady Bird wins at Golden Globe awards

Lady Bird, directed by Greta Gerwig won Best Picture (Comedy or Musical) and Best Actress for Saoirse Ronan, at last night's Golden Globe awards in Hollywood.

Set in a Catholic high school in Sacramento, California, in 2002-03 - similar to the school Gerwig attended - the movie tells the coming-of-age story of a young girl and her turbulent relationship with her mother.

Lady Bird go...

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Watch: Banksy's Alternativity play in Bethlehem

Last night, BBC2 screened The Alternativity, a unique documentary in two episodes following Danny Boyle's visit to Bethlehem as he worked with Palestinian director Riham Isaac to create a unique performance of the Nativity with local children and performers.

In March this year, graffiti artist Banksy opened The Walled Off Hotel in the little town of Bethlehem - a place under Isra...

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Film: Darkest Hour - good but flawed

This powerful film, directed by Joe Wright, focusses on Winston Churchill as he became Prime Minister in 1940. The Nazis are rolling across Europe. The threat of invasion is imminent. The country is completely unprepared. 300,000 British troops are trapped in northern France. Many parliamentarians urge him to explore a negotiated peace with Hitler, but Churchill is determined to stand firm and ...

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Christian Aid refugee animation nominated for Charity Film Award

An animated film based on the real-life story of a refugee from Serbia, who found safety in the UK after the Second World War, has been nominated for a Charity Film Award. The winner of the award will be chosen through a public vote, which is now open and closes on 15 December.

The animation tells the story of Theodor Davidovic who received life-saving support from the charity while in a ...

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Review - Gunpowder - episode one

Kit Harrington as Robert Catesby

Well I sat down to watch the first recorded episode of 'Gunpowder' with my feet up, a cup of tea in hand and a slice of my neighbour's Diwali cake at the ready. But it proved to be less entertaining than graphically gory. Did we really need to witness the details of public executions early seventeenth century style? I needed a break half way through before steeling the nerves for the second hal...

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