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Faith and Film - Episode Six

20/08/2015 5:10 pm

Mr Holmes - Ian McKellen

It's a Faith and Film literary special in a sense for Episode Six. Using the wonders of Skype, we bring the big movie brain that belongs to the entertaining and knowledgeable Fr Peter Malone into our studio from Melbourne, Australia to talk about 'Mr Holmes', 'Madame Bovary' and 'Far From The Madding Crowd'. 

The films have been out on general release for most of the summer and are something of an antidote to the big cinematic releases if big screen blockbusters like 'Jurassic World' aren't your thing.

The three films we're looking at are all influenced by the works of nineteenth century authors. Madame Bovary was French writer Gustave Flaubert's debut novel published in 1856. Far From the Madding Crowd is, of course, a Victorian classic - Thomas Hardy's fourth novel, written in 1874.

Mr Holmes is a look at the great fictional, and in this case slightly grumpy, Sherlock Holmes in his latter years having returned to Baker Street from Japan in the mood to re-paint the story of his life that he considers somewhat embellished by Dr Watson.

So what did Fr Peter make of the films? Let's find out in this enjoyable podcast - something to bring a little warmth to an unseasonably chilly August day. However, to keep Fr Peter onside, we must remember one thing... don't mention the Ashes!!


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Duration: 21m 30s


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Fr Peter Malone is a former president of SIGNIS - the World Catholic Association for Communication. He's a highly experienced film critic and author who has travelled the world watching, writing on and talking about movies. Since 1968, he's written reviews for a number of Catholic magazines and periodicals. He's also written many books on cinema including 'Films and Values', 'Movie Christs and Antichrists', 'Cinema Down Under' and the excellent 'Lights, Camera, Faith' (Movie Lectionary) series.