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

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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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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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Holy Land: Amos Trust film asks UK government to 'Change the Record'

Change the Record!

The Amos Trust is asking the British government to 'Change The Record' on Palestine with full equal rights for everyone who calls the Holy Land home. To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, they have released a short film called 'Change the Record'.

They say: "When we talk about Israel/Palestine, too often people feel that the issues are too complicated and they...

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Film: 'Loving Vincent'

Wow! I am so impressed with Loving Vincent. In this truly unique film tribute to Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh, we see his paintings of wheat fields shimmer, his leaves flutter, his clouds move across the sky, and his 'Starry Night' twinkle. Characters he painted come alive in their contemporary surroundings and we meet the real people. The rich textures and colours dazzle in a very special fil...

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Holy Land: New film explores impact of Balfour Declaration

A new film: 100 Years After Balfour, made by Independent Jewish Voices, spells out the troubling legacy of the Balfour Declaration, challenging the notion that this year's centenary is cause for celebration, given the grave consequences of the document for Palestinians above all.

The film goes on to explain how the decisions of the British government in 1917 are linked to the establishme...

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Ten Ten theatre wins international film award

Ten Ten has won Second Prize in the Best Film category at 'The 32nd Catholic Film and Multimedia Festival (KSF Niepokalana 2017)' in Warsaw for their short film, 'Babies'.

'Babies' tells the story of teenagers Annie and Joe who discover that they are expecting a baby. Their response, and the reactions of their parents, change their lives forever.

The film was written and directed by...

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Booking now: Film - Open Bethlehem and discussion with director

Leila Sansour

The award-winning film Open Bethlehem will be screened at Friends House, Euston on the evening of Tuesday 12 September. This event is being supported by Quakers in Britain. The screening will be followed by a reception with light refreshments and an audience Q&A.

Director of the film, Leila Sansour, will be in conversation with Yossi Mekelberg, a Professor of International Relations and f...

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Film: Victoria & Abdul

A new historical drama, opening in UK cinemas from 15 September, tells the extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship between Queen Victoria, played by Judi Dench and Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk who travelled from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted ...

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New film follows Riverdance founder in Palestine

'This Is Palestine' is a new documentary that follows Riverdance founder John McColgan on a journey through Gaza and the West Bank. The film features powerful interviews with people who have lost their homes, land or family members as a result of the ongoing conflict, as well as inspiring footage of the Israeli and Palestinian activists working together for a just peace. Multi-award ...

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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 that met...

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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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