Films, TV & Radio

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

SOL hosts Top Ten Monks documentary screening

Signs of Life (SOL) held their fifth networking lunch on Monday at the Cardinal View in the St Vincent's Centre, Victoria, with an exclusive screening of the HBO documentary Top Ten Monks, introduced by Fr Karl Wallner OCist.

Few monasteries these days have more than a hundred monks, with vocations booming. Fewer still ordain more priests than most dioceses. And hardly any can boast of ha...

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Songs of Praise from Lourdes

Rev Kate Bottley in Lourdes

This Sunday, 15 September, at 1.15pm, BBC1 Songs of Praise comes from Lourdes.

The Reverend Kate Bottley hosts the programme and tells the story of the shrine which is visited by around six million people a year. She accompanies a pilgrim from Leeds diocese and experiences the baths. She also meets Dr Alessandro Franciscis from the International Medical Committee of Lourdes, who assess p...

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Film: Downton Abbey

When a letter arrives informing Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) that the King and Queen are coming to visit Downton Abbey, everyone upstairs and downstairs is thrown into a frenzy of silver polishing and dress alterations in preparation for their arrival. The staff get very put out when they learn that the Royals are bringing their own cook and their own staff to take charge. But they come up w...

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New drone videos offer stunning views of Arundel Cathedral

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Do you ever find yourself in a cathedral wishing you could get a closer look at some of those features high above? A series of new drone videos offers stunning birds eye views of the beautiful stained glass windows and soaring arches of Arundel Cathedral in West Sussex.

Arundel resident Bryden Isbister, a software consultant, who has produced the cathedral website for many years, came up ...

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Review - Medici: the Magnificent

Summer is a time for a bit of binge TV viewing, especially on an unseasonal wet and windy evening! Well, what better than a series set in the lush lands of Italy's Tuscany and 15th century Florence. I am referring to 'Medici: The Magnificent', currently streaming on Netflix and the second in the Medici series. For eight hour-long episodes it focuses on Lorenzo de Medici and his siblings.


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Host your own cinema screening of Amazing Grace

'Extraordinary', 'transcendent', 'spine-tingling'. This is just some of the praise from reviewers of Amazing Grace, the film of Aretha Franklin's 1972 recording of what became the best-selling live Gospel album of all time. Intimately filmed in a small church before a local congregation and brought to our screens just as it was recorded almost fifty years ago, why has this film provoked such a ...

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Film: The Sisters of Nagasaki wins international award

Sisters of Nagasaki poster

A filmmaker from Quebec, Canada, lain Vézina, has received Special Recognition for his documentary THE SISTERS OF NAGASAKI about a group of Catholic nuns who survived the Atomic bomb dropped over Nagasaki, 74 years ago.

The film was given the award at the Ninth th International Uranium Film Festival held in the cinema of Rio de Janeiro's prestigious Modern Art Museum.

The Festival...

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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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