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Film Friday

Film Friday

A weekly Movie Moment that brings the Bible to life.

Film Friday: Official Secrets

It is 2003 and Katharine Gun works for British Intelligence, translating secret documents. When she comes across a memo about blackmailing small UN states to vote for the UK-US invasion …

Film Friday: Ad Astra

Roy McBride is an astronaut, like his father before him. And one day, whilst working on a sky-scraping antenna, a global power surge suddenly throws catastrophe his way. When he …

Film Friday: Judy

In the last six months of her life Judy Garland, desperate for money and work, leaves the US and comes to London to sing at The Talk of the Town. …

Film Friday: The Goldfinch

When 13-year-old Theo and his mother visit a New York art gallery they are caught in a terrorist attack, a bomb blast which buries Theo in a carpet of ash, …

Film Friday: Mrs Lowry and Son

Laurie Lowry lives with his ageing mother. He has always lived with her. And she is very much a controlling force in his life. He paints of course, late at …

Film Friday: Sully (Miracle on the Hudson)

My wife and I saw this film again this week, the true story about the miraculous landing of commercial flight 1549 on the Hudson river, after the plane was hit …

Film Friday: Downton Abbey

There is big news at Downton – the King is coming to tea! Great excitement and trepidation fill the corridors of the stately home. But Barrow the butler seems a …

Film Friday: Pavarotti

This documentary film tells the life story of world famous tenor Pavarotti, his formative years singing with his father, his marriage and family, and his incredible rise to global stardom. …

Film Friday: Spiderman – Far From Home

Spiderman has a problem. He knows he has the ability to help people and rescue them, but he just wants to be your friendly neighbourhood Spiderman, he doesn’t want to …

Film Friday: Amazing Grace

Back in 1972 Aretha Franklin returned to the church of her upbringing and recorded a gospel album – Amazing Grace. It went on to be her biggest selling album. On …

Film Friday: Yesterday

In the film Yesterday Jack Malek is a failing singer-songwriter on the verge of giving up, then something strange and extraordinary happens. One night Jack has a road accident and …

Film Friday: Blinded by the Light

Javed Kahn has kept journals and written poetry all his life, he longs to be a writer but is not sure he is up to the job. Encouraged by his …

Film Friday: Aladdin

When street thief and bumbling smooth guy Aladdin gets hold of a magic lamp containing a wise-cracking, three-wish-granting genie, he has little problem working out what he wants. He wants …

Film Friday: Rocketman

If there is one thought that both films Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman have in common, it’s surely this – that fame and money and popularity cannot provide a deep sense …

Film Friday: The Keeper

When German prisoner of war Bert Trautman turns out to be a rather handy goalkeeper he is invited to help out the local team, St Helens Town. However this does …

Film Friday: Tolkien

When young John Ronald Tolkien needs a scholarship to continue his Oxford studies he goes to Professor Wright to try and convince him that he loves languages… Tolkien has already …

Film Friday: Wild Rose

60 Minutes on a Stage is not Real Life. When Rose-Lynn Harlan comes out of prison, after a year-long sentence, she has her heart set on getting to Nashville and …

Film Friday: The White Crow

Rudolph Nureyev is a brilliant ballet dancer in the making. He acquires the nickname the White Crowe, which means someone who stands out from the crowd. Oddly he is not …

The Power of a Good Story

I love a good read/watch/listen… a story told in a compelling fashion. That’s one of the reasons why I love films. I love twists and turns, sudden jolts of laughter, …

Film Friday: Dumbo

When Mrs Jumbo the elephant gives birth in Medici’s circus there is great excitement in the camp, but as the new animal emerges from the straw there is a shock …

Film Friday: Us

When Adelaide Wilson and her family take a vacation in Santa Cruz things start to go pear-shaped when they spot a strange family lurking in their driveway… It turns out …

Film Friday: The Aftermath

Lewis Morgan is a good man trying to be human in a terrible situation. After World War 2, as the allies settle in Germany and attempt to sort out the …

Film Friday: Fisherman’s Friends

When Danny from London comes to stay in Port Isaac with his record industry pals, he tries to sign up a bunch of local shanty singers, The Fisherman’s Friends. Even …

Film Friday: The Mule

Earl’s much loved, once flourishing flower business crashes and dies. Then he meets a young guy who, on finding out Earl has never had any traffic tickets or violations, invites …

Film Friday Classic: Whistle Down the Wind

In my Film and Faith sessions I sometimes ask folk about their earliest memories of going to the cinema. Mine is seeing the beautiful Whistle Down the Wind. When Kathy …

Film Friday: Can You Ever Forgive Me?

When biography author Lee Israel hits on hard times she resorts to selling a precious framed letter she owns. She is currently trying to write a biography of vaudeville comedian …

Film Friday: Green Book

When classical pianist Dr Don Shirley needs a driver to take him on tour down in the deep south of America he hires working class Italian American Tony Vallelonga. What …

Film Friday: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

A cowboy spots a bank in the middle of nowhere. It is manned by an old timer who looks pretty harmless. There is no one else around, surely robbing this …

Film Friday Classic: Blade Runner

2019 is the year of Blade Runner. At least… this is the year it was set in. So, if you know the film, get ready for non-stop rain and flying …

Film Friday: Mary Queen of Scots

Scotland v England. Men v women. Catholics v protestants. Truth v blather. When Mary returns from France at 18 to take up her throne as Queen, a right old royal …

Film Friday: Fences

Refuse collector Troy picks up rubbish and works hard for a living. He loves his wife Rose and speaks his mind. But when his son Cory comes home and tells …

Film Friday: Awards, Roma and Elohim

It’s awards season in movie-land – the Oscars, the Baftas, the Golden Globes etc. You can always tell this time of year because the names of actors featuring in trailers …

Film Friday: Stan & Ollie

In 1937 Laurel and Hardy were the biggest stars in Hollywood but, 16 years later, their star has faded and, short of funds, they travel to the UK to embark …

Film Friday: The Favourite

Queen Anne is a troubled woman. Having lost 17 children she is emotionally damaged. But she is a strong woman in many ways too, a queen steering her nation through …

Film Friday: Mary Poppins Returns

Years after Ms Poppins first visited the Bank’s family, the inimitable nanny returns, just as they need help once more. Michael and Jane have now grown up, and Michael has …