Baghdad presents its challenges

Baghdad presents its challenges

Review by the Rev Steve Parish Letters from Baghdad (dir. Sabine Krayenbühl and Zeva Oelbaum, cert. PG) is a documentary based on Gertrude Bell’s correspondence from the Middle East in the first quarter of the last century. Born in 1868, Bell was “right hand man” for British officials trying to tidy up (or carve up) […]

Music Choice: The Brilliance – All is Not Lost

(Integrity Music) Yet again, the Brilliance have offered us a wonderful collection that is simple, inventive, understated, and a fine example of how to do worship music well. Take “Gravity of Love.” It is singable and short. But within that, they manage lyrically to be both eternal and twenty-first century. They will please those who […]

Poetry and passion brought together

Poetry and passion brought together

Review by the Rev Steve Parish     A Quiet Passion (cert. 12A) is an homage by writer-director Terence Davies to 19th century American poet Emily Dickinson (Emma Bell / later Cynthia Nixon). It begins at school with her questioning why her prayers should make much difference to the Creator, suggesting rebellion to the teacher […]

Neruda: a tale of poetry and prison

Neruda: a tale of poetry and prison

Review by the Rev Steve Parish   Neruda (cert. 15) is an atmospheric story of Chilean poet and politician Pablo Nerudafrom Chile’s best known director Pablo Larraín (known best now here for the recent Jackie). It’s a cat and mouse story as Neruda (Luis Gnecco) tries to escape arrest and imprisonment, and possible death, under […]

Wartime troubles in Jersey revisited

Wartime troubles in Jersey revisited

Review by the Rev Steve Parish Another Mother’s Son (dir. Christopher Menaul, cert. 12A) tells the true story of a brave, or reckless, woman in the Nazi-occupied Channel Islands,harbouring an escaped Russian prisoner of war. It’s written by Jersey-born Jenny Lecoat, a stand-up comic who’s writtenfor several TV series including EastEnders. There’s a personal interest, […]

Stepping into eternity

Stepping into eternity

Anglican Life RSCM I was first introduced to Celtic spirituality through the writings and beautiful prayers of David Adam. This led me to the writings of Alexander Carmichael, who for 60 years pursued his life-long passion for pilgrimages to the Outer Hebrides. The fruit of these travels was his famous book  Carmina Gadelica. The writings […]

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 […]

Music Choice: Future of Forestry – Awakened to the Sound

(Sound Swan Records) If Eric Owyoung (the man behind FoF) is looking for soundtrack commissions, he could do worse than submit this collection, which mixes lush strings, oriental splashes and a dash of Isaiah. It almost sums up his musical direction. It starts with several songs that could have fitted well into his superb Travel […]

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