Independent Catholic News logo Welcome Visitor
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Displaying Articles 1 - 25 of 340
Prev - Next
Film: Loving
Film: Loving

Loving, the new film from acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols, released in the UK this Friday, tells the true story of the interracial couple, Richard and Midred Loving, played by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga, from a small town in Virginia, who fell in love and got married in 1958, but then spent the next nine years struggling to live together as a family. It's hard to believe, but back in the Sixties, in parts of the United States, it was illegal for white and non-white men and women to touch - let alone marry. Couples were criminalised and risked a prison sentence if they broke the 'anti-miscegenation' law.

Read More ...
COMPETITION: Win tickets to Scorsese season at the BFI
COMPETITION: Win tickets to Scorsese season at the BFI

A major retrospective dedicated to the great filmmaker Martin Scorsese, is taking place at the British Film Institute on London's South Bank this January and February. Highlights of the season include screenings of films from the director's back catalogue, including The Age of Innocence, with classics Goodfellas and Taxi Driver each getting cinema re-releases. Many films, shown accompanied by brand new 4K restorations and a collection of films - personally curated by Scorsese himself - will premiere as part of the celebration.

Read More ...
Film preview: Hacksaw Ridge
Film preview: Hacksaw Ridge

The extraordinary true story of the Christian, vegetarian, conscientious objector, Desmond T Doss who saved 75 men in Okinawa, during the bloodiest battle of WWII, without firing a single shot, is told in this impressive new film directed by Mel Gibson. Desmond, played by Andrew Garfield, (seen recently as a Jesuit priest in Silence) believed that the war was just but killing was wrong - so he became the only American soldier in WWII to work on the front lines without a weapon.

Read More ...
India: international film festival dedicated to Mother Teresa
India: international film festival dedicated to Mother Teresa

The Catholic Church in Goa, southern India, is hosting a six day Mother Teresa International Film Festival starting today, January 5, 2016. The Festival will screen a number of Indian and international films based on the life and work of the Albanian-born saint. In a statement, the Diocesan Centre for Social Communications Media, Goa, said the aim of the festival "is to make known the life and works of Mother Teresa so that all may be inspired by her life to serve the society."

Read More ...
Film: Silence
Film: Silence

Christianity was first brought to Japan by St Francis Xavier in 1549. By 1610 there were more than 300,000 Japanese Christians, mostly based around Nagasaki. They were largely accepted. But in 1590 the warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi won control over the country and this new religion, seen as an unwelcome foreign influence, was outlawed. In 1603, another warlord, Tokugawa Ieyasu, created the strongly centralised regime that would remain in power until 1868. Under him, many thousands of Christians were tortured and killed for their faith. Martin Scorsese's stunning new film 'Silence',

Read More ...
Film: The Heart of Nuba
Film: The Heart of Nuba

At six o'clock each morning an American doctor makes his way through the dark to a simple chapel where he spends half an hour, rosary in hand, enlisting God's support for the day ahead. He is Dr Tom Catena, and he is the only surgeon in the only hospital serving a million people in a remote corner of Sudan.Catena's story would be remarkable enough as it is, treating leprosy, malaria and other tropical diseases in the Nuba Mountains. But Catena's patients arrive with grotesque shrapnel wounds, bombed by their own government. Since 2011, the Khartoum regime has been trying to ethnically cleanse the black African tribes of the region.

Read More ...
Actor recalls retreat at St Bueno's preparing  for role in Scorsese's 'Silence'
Actor recalls retreat at St Bueno's preparing for role in Scorsese's 'Silence'

Actor Andrew Garfield has been speaking about his experience of undertaking a seven-day silent retreat at St Beuno's spirituality and retreat centre in North Wales, in preparation for his role in the Martin Scorsese film Silence, which is due to be released in the UK in the New Year - the Jesuit News Service reports. Scorsese has been passionate about making the film since he read Shūsaku Endō's novel of the same name back in 1989; and it is due to receive its premiere in the Vatican within the next few weeks. The novel tells the story of Fr Sebastian Sebastião Rodrigues SJ (played by Garfield),

Read More ...
Film: A Street Cat Named Bob
Film: A Street Cat Named Bob

Many people living in north London will have seen the busker James Bowen, and his exceptional cat Bob - regulars by the Angel, Islington, Covent Garden and other locations. Their story - which became a best-seller - is told in this heartwarming film directed by Roger Spottiswoode. A recovering drug addict, with a difficult family background, James, played by Luke Treadaway, is living on the streets as the film opens. After his support worker gets him some accommodation, he struggles to get by, busking for small change from tourists and receiving his regular dose of methadone from

Read More ...
New Scorsese film 'Silence' tells story of Jesuits in Japan
New Scorsese film 'Silence' tells story of Jesuits in Japan

For Christians across the world, faith is a source of hope and comfort. Jesus's triumph over death offers a reason for joy whatever the circumstances, and a promise that light will ultimately overcome darkness. But if we only talk about victory, we risk denying the reality of the other half of life. Where is God in our doubt, in our defeat - and even in our despair? These thorny questions are at the heart of Silence, a new historical epic film from master director Martin Scorsese.

Read More ...
Film:  I Daniel Blake
Film: I Daniel Blake

Paul Donovan reviews 'I, Daniel Blake' in his latest blog. Ken Loach's film, I, Daniel Blake, offers a great insight into the way that the welfare system has been changed from a support structure for those in need to a means of punishing the poor and vulnerable. The film demonstrates this transition, highlighting how in the worst cases, the punative inhumane actions of those in charge are actually killing people.

Read More ...
Film: Queen of Katwe
Film: Queen of Katwe

This Disney film tells the true story of Phiona Mutesa, a young girl from Kampala, Uganda who is now a world chess champion. Directed by Mira Nair, whose work includes Salaam Bombay and Monsoon Wedding, the film was made on location in the sprawling Katwe slum. In the opening scenes we see Phiona (played by Madina Nalwanga) living with her widowed mother, Harriet (Lupita Nyong'o) brothers and sisters in a rickety shack. They have no electricity and water is collected from a stand pipe in the street. None of the kids go to school. They eke out a living selling vegetables

Read More ...
Film: Today They Took My Son
Film: Today They Took My Son

Feature films usually get most of the attention at film festivals, but one short film that is gaining recognition from global influencers is Today They Took My Son (TTTMS), by Palestinian-human rights advocate and film maker, Farah Nabulsi. Following recent screenings at film festivals in New York, Edmonton and Vancouver, TTTMS is now premiering in the UK at the Edinburgh Shorts Film Festival on October 28th. The film that artistically blurs the lines between fiction and reality, tells the story of a mother struggling to cope when her young child is taken away by the military system.

Read More ...
New film tells story of Muslim aid to Ireland during Great Famine
New film tells story of Muslim aid to Ireland during Great Famine

The little-known story of the Turkish Sultan who was one of the few people to come to the aid of Ireland during the Great Famine, is the focus of a new film currently in production, starring Irish actor Colin Farrell. Between 1845 and 1852, Ireland endured the terrible loss of a million dead and the mass exodus of more than one million people never to return. When the Turkish Ottoman, Sultan Khaleefah Abdul-Majid I, heard about the unfolding disaster, he declared his intention to send £10,000 to help Irish farmers.

Read More ...
 Open Bethlehem is coming to Canada!
Open Bethlehem is coming to Canada!

The award-winning film Open Bethlehem begins its tour of North America this week with two premieres in Montreal - one French and one English, with the support of their partner Development and Peace. From Montreal the film will be screened in Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver. All screenings will be followed by a Q&A and Discussion with Director/Producer Leila Sansour. Open Bethlehem will be touring North America for a period of one year to gain at least 10,000 new ambassadors for Bethlehem.

Read More ...
Film: Ben Hur
Film: Ben Hur

Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston) has it all. A Jewish prince living in first-century Jerusalem, he's rich enough not to feel the pinch of Roman oppression. He has a loyal best friend in his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), and he's in love with the beautiful Esther (Nanzan Boniadi). Though there are rumours of a rebellion brewing against the Romans, Judah wants nothing to do with it - he's comfortable in the compromises he's made to get along with the authorities. And then, in a moment, everything changes. Falsely accused of treason, Judah is

Read More ...
'Strange Occurrences' - film about Knock Shrine released this week
'Strange Occurrences' - film about Knock Shrine released this week

Directed by Aoife Kelleher, 'Strange Occurrences in a small Irish village' opens in Irish cinemas on Friday. The film's title is derived from the international press coverage at the time. The film develops a fascinating, vibrant portrait of the phenomenon by examining the vast patchwork of individuals and groups involved. It presents a balanced opportunity for believers to celebrate the phenomenon and those who facilitate its ongoing success, while for sceptics it allows a fascinating glance into the thriving world, and business, of Ireland's Marian Shrine.

Read More ...
India: Film festival celebrates life of Blessed Mother Teresa
India: Film festival celebrates life of Blessed Mother Teresa

A four-day film festival celebrating the life and mission of Blessed Mother Teresa will take place later this month in her adopted hometown of ‎Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal state in eastern India, in the run-up to her canonisation ceremony on September 4 in the Vatican. Predominantly featuring documentaries, the Mother Teresa International Film ‎Festival (MTIFF) which takes place from August 26-29. state, will be held at the Nandan multiplex, Kolkata's prestigious film and cultural centre owned by the state government.

Read More ...
Pete's Dragon - Great holiday film  + free resources
Pete's Dragon - Great holiday film + free resources

Set deep in the woods on the Pacific Northwest, this Disney family adventure which was released at the weekend, tells the story of a little boy who gets lost in the wilderness after his parents are killed in a car crash. Pete is rescued from wolves by a giant, friendly dragon who he calls Elliott. There are spectacular scenes as they fly together over the treeline or swoop down along rivers and valleys. Five years later Pete, now resembling a bedraggled Mowgli, is discovered by Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard) who works as a forest ranger and

Read More ...
Mel Gibson plans sequel to The Passion of Christ
Mel Gibson plans sequel to The Passion of Christ

Mel Gibson is working on a sequel to his 2004 film 'The Passion of the Christ', scriptwriter Randall Wallace has told the Hollywood Reporter this week. The Passion, scripted entirely in in Latin and Aramaic contained flashbacks of Jesus' earlier life and ministry, but focused mainly on his arrest, trial and crucifixion - with oblique references to subsequent events. This new film should portray the discovery of the Resurrection, and events which took place in the forty days before the Ascension.

Read More ...
Film premier: Full of Grace
Film premier: Full of Grace

The UK premiere of 'Full of Grace' - described as 'a cinematic prayer experience' - takes place this Wednesday, June 1st, at the Prince Charles Cinema in London's West End. Directed by Andrew Hyatt with French actress Bahia Haifi in the title role and Noam Jenkins as St Peter it tells the story of Our Lady's life ten years after the Passion of Jesus, and the first years of the Church. Fr Peter John Cameron, OP, Editor-in-Chief, Magnificat said: "A breathtaking film and celebration of faith. I have not been moved by a film like this since The Passion of the Christ."

Read More ...
Film preview: Miracles from Heaven
Film preview: Miracles from Heaven

Christy Beam (Jennifer Garner) enjoys a picture-perfect life in Texas with her husband Kevin (Martin Henderson) and their three daughters. Every Sunday the Beams go to church and hear sermons about a God who loves them. Given all of the blessings they enjoy, this is easy to believe. But then middle daughter Annabelle (Kylie Rogers) starts complaining of mysterious stomach pains, and life takes a frightening turn. While medical professionals shrug their shoulders and Annabelle's symptoms get worse,

Read More ...
Film: Risen
Film: Risen

It's notoriously difficult to convey scripture convincingly in film without losing out either on the faith content or on the human and dramatic front. Do you want rounded, believable characters, in which case how do you make their faith convincing to a modern audience? Or do you want the faith element to be played straight down the line, in which case the characters are likely to come across as wild-eyed zealots or cardboard cut-outs. Kevin Reynolds' Risen has a spirited go at offering a resurrection narrative that could appeal to both believers and

Read More ...
Insight Film Festival Student Filmmaker Award 2016  launched
Insight Film Festival Student Filmmaker Award 2016 launched

The Insight Film Festival Student Filmmaker Award 2016 was launched at an event at Farm Street Church on Wednesday. 

The award, now in its third year, is sponsored by the Jesuits in Britain and the Manchester Universities' Catholic Chaplaincy, led by senior chaplain Fr Tim Byron SJ. Fr Tim explained: "we initiated this award with Insight because we felt that faith was worthy of more exploration in film. Our aim is to encourage more young film students of all faiths and none to consider faith as a fruitful

Read More ...
Film: Risen - new Biblical epic out in Holy Week
Film: Risen - new Biblical epic out in Holy Week

Since the very successful 'Passion of Christ' directed by Mel Gibson, showing there was a market for such films, Hollywood has sought to cash in and find other biblical themes. Some of these have oscillated from the naff to the bizarre. 'Risen', written by Paul Aiello, however, which covers the period between the crucifixion of Christ and the Ascension, is both gripping and faith affirming. Directed by Hollywood veteran, Kevin Reynolds, and starring Joseph Fiennes, it tells the familiar Resurrection story through the eyes of a battle weary Roman Military Tribune called Clavius.

Read More ...
Film: Spotlight
Film: Spotlight

It's strange, watching a film based on events of which you were part, however peripherally. The film Spotlight has that effect on me: I was in Boston the year the Boston Globe newspaper revealed the extensive cover-up by Church authorities of child-abusing priests in the archdiocese. With minimal sensationalism Spotlight tells the story of how a team of journalists on the Globe followed up on the background to the conviction of a former priest extradited from California to Massachusetts to stand trial for child abuse crimes committed twenty years

Read More ...
Displaying Articles 1 - 25 of 340
Prev - Next

Powered by Bondware
News Publishing Software

The browser you are using is outdated!

You may not be getting all you can out of your browsing experience
and may be open to security risks!

Consider upgrading to the latest version of your browser or choose on below: