Films, TV & Radio

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

Film: Indian theologians endorse The Sultan and the Saint

Victor Edwin SJ Secretary of the Islamic Studies Association in Delhi, India, writes:

The Sultan and the Saint docudrama was screened during the Fourth Seminar of the Forum For South Asian Jesuit Theologians that was held at Ashirwad, Bangalore from 29 April to 1 May. Around 15 participants including the eminent theologians Frs Michael Amaladoss and Sebastian Painadath.

Fr ...

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Film: Tolkien

This film by Finnish director Dome Karukoski, written by David Gleeson with Stephen Beresford, focusses on the early life and influencing factors that shaped the mind and creativity of the Catholic Oxford professor JRR Tolkien, author of classic high fantasy works including The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion.

Nicholas Hoult plays Tolkien with enthusiasm and relish, cap...

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Stephen K Amos meets Pope Francis

Image: BBC

Pope Francis has told a gay comedian that people who "select or discard" people because of their sexuality "don't have a human heart." The Pope made the comments to Stephen K Amos in the final episode of the BBC2 series Pilgrimage: The Road To Rome which was screened on Good Friday.

The three-part series took eight celebrities - actors Les Dennis and Lesley Joseph, professional dancer Bre...

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COMPETITION - Win tickets to London premier of TOLKEIN

TOLKIEN - A film about the early life of the world-renowned Catholic author JRR Tolkien, opens in the UK on 3 May. To celebrate the release of the film, Independent Catholic News is giving away a pair of tickets to the Red Carpet premier which takes place in Leicester Square on 29th April.

To enter - click here: and tell us why you would...

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Game of Thrones: Curiously relevant for our times

What is a Targaryan? Are you concerned that "winter is coming"?

If you don't know then you are not a Game of Thrones watcher. But millions around the world are. Don't worry no spoilers here about Season 8!

Based on the novels by George RR Martin, Game of Thrones is fantasy fiction, but with a flavour of medieval legend, as ambitious and power-hungry lords and ladies vie for power, u...

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London Competition: grandchild/grandparent screening of Mary Poppins Returns

At 11.30am on Wednesday 10th April pairs of grandparents and grandchildren, older relatives and carers will be welcomed with refreshments and have their photos taken alongside a Mary Poppins display, before moving into Disney's own screening room in west London, to watch Mary Poppins Returns.

After the film they will be the very first people to use the Family Activity Booklet, creating so...

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Queen - is there a Catholic link?

Is there much of a link to the Catholic world in the Queen story?

Well, in the early 1970s, when boys from London's Imperial College - including Brian May - attended discos at Maria Assumpta Teacher Training College in Kensington, the college, which later became Heythrop College, played a big part in the Queen story. In fact, Maria Assumpta is where the John Deacon first met Brian May and...

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Bohemian Rhapsody

Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury

The reviewers weren't impressed with Bohemian Rhapsody when it was released in October - but the Freddie Mercury biopic looks set to be a classic with audiences - and has gone on to scoop an armful of awards: including two Golden Globes - for best film drama and best actor for Rami Malek in the title role, a BAFTA award for best Actor, and four Oscars yesterday for Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, ...

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Film: All is True

All is True was the subtitle for William Shakespeare's last play, Henry V111, written in 1613. and performed at the Globe Theatre on London's Southbank. Shakespeare's theatre - burnt down when a props cannon shot set the building alight during performance.

Sir Kenneth Branagh's film of the same name in which he stars, takes this as it's starting point which saw the "greatest playwright of...

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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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