Films, TV & Radio

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

Film: Armstrong

We are reminded in Matthew 6:1-4 that we should not trumpet our righteousness in front of others. The Neil Armstrong emerging from this eponymous documentary is the personification of humility and integrity, refusing to claim ownership of his remarkable adventure fifty years ago this month. At every opportunity, he shared the credit for the first Moon landing with the 400,000 people involved in...

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BBC TV looks at work of the National Churches Trust

BBC Television turns its attention to the work of the National Churches Trust in 'One Day that Changed My Life' on Monday 8 July 2019 as it follows the story of the church of St Mary and the Host of Heaven in Cheveley in Cambridgeshire as it seeks funding from the Trust to install an accessible toilet and a modern kitchenette.

The Grade I listed church of St Mary and the Host of Heaven wa...

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Memorial film screening: Jeremy Hardy versus the Israeli Army

Earlier this year, we lost the wonderful, funny and brave Jeremy Hardy. An acclaimed stand-up comedian and passionate campaigner for human rights, this event will honour and remember Jeremy's unstinting support for Palestine and the Palestinian people.

Jeremy Hardy versus the Israeli Army follows Jeremy's journey to Palestine, at the invitation of filmmaker Leila Sansour, who cha...

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Film: The Camino Voyage + trailer

What happens when a writer, two musicians, an artist and a stonemason embark on the Camino by sea, in a traditional boat. An Irish film documentary captures their voyage as they make the journey to the famed pilgrimage destination.

The Camino de Santiago or Way of Saint James is a journey that has been attracting pilgrims for hundreds of years. You can walk, cycle or even ride on horsebac...

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Forthcoming documentary explores life of Luciano Pavarotti

From the team behind the worldwide success The Beatles: Eight Days a Week comes two time Academy Award winning director Ron Howard's documentary celebrating the life of the beloved opera star Luciano Pavarotti, who sold over 100 million records in his lifetime. The 1990 World Cup in Italy was the moment opera left the elite and hit the masses. Opera star Pavarotti joined fellow tenors Placido D...

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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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