The poignant tale of the Olive Tree

The poignant tale of the Olive Tree

Review by the Rev Steve Parish The Olive Tree (El Olivo, dir. Icíar Bollaín, cert. 15, Spanish with English subtitles) is written by Paul Laverty, known for his scripts for Ken Loach including I, Daniel Blake. Alma (Anna Castillo) is a young woman on the family poultry farm in Valencia; there are tensions with other […]

The pick of the new Christian books

The pick of the new Christian books

Top of the reading list for holy week should be God With Us by Rowan Williams (SPCK). Three chapters are based on holy week lectures the former archbishop gave in Canterbury in 2006 and two chapters are based on the Bishop of Winchester’s Lent Lecture for 2008. An epilogue was preached as a sermon at […]

Personal insights tackle anorexia

Personal insights tackle anorexia

It is, sadly, a condition that is all too common in modern life. Anorexia nervosa affects close to three quarters of a million people in Britain, but for Dr Elizabeth McNaught it was medical help and her faith that helped her through the darkest times. The fact that she is a doctor is testament to […]

Bridging the sacred and secular

Bridging the sacred and secular

By the Rev Dr Bob Mayo My day starts at 7am preparing for a funeral and finishes 18 hours later at 1am clearing up after a charity gig in church. Mumford and Sons are headlining a fundraising initiative for the Felix Project [www.thefelixproject.org] and we as the parish church have got caught in the middle […]

Verhoeven’s new amorality tale

Verhoeven’s new amorality tale

Review by the Rev Steve Parish Paul Verhoeven is perhaps best known for racy films like Basic Instinct (1992) and Showgirls (1995), but while Elle (cert. 18, French with English subtitles) centres round the rape of Michèle Leblanc (Isabelle Huppert), it is a multi-layered story of fear and loathing. Michèle’s matter-of-fact response and reluctance to […]

Opposition from the establishment

Opposition from the establishment

The Future Shapes of Anglicanism Martyn Percy Routledge, pb, £24.99   From a perch at the heart of the establishment as Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, Martyn Percy has emerged as a forceful opponent of many developments in the contemporary Church of England. In a collection of recent essays he lays out his position in […]

Review: La Cage aux Folles makes a triumphant return

Review: La Cage aux Folles makes a triumphant return

La Cage aux Folles By Peter May ***** It’s strangely stirring to hear, amid so much misery, uncertainty, doom and gloom, a song that proclaims: “The best of times is now./So hold this moment fast,/And live and love/As hard as you know how.” Bill Kenwrights’s terrific Olivier-winning revival of La Cage aux Folles stops by […]

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