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Depicting Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene’s history and existence are a long and complicated matter and she has remained a woman who is still the source of much speculation and rumour, so how did the writer of Mary Magdalene actually go about developing the screenplay and what were her sources of inspiration? Mary Magdalene has the reputation in Western Christianity as being a repentant prostitute or loose woman; however, these claims are not supported by the canonical gospels. The identity of Mary Magdalene is believed to have been merged with the identity of the unnamed sinner who anoints Jesus’ feet in Luke 7:36–50. From the New Testament, one can conclude that Mary of Magdala (her hometown, a village on the shore of the Sea of Galilee) was a leading figure among those attracted to Jesus. When the men in that company abandoned him at the hour of mortal danger, Mary of Magdala was one…

Billboards of Dissent

“Three Billboards Outside Missouri Ebbing” led to inspiring speeches by Frances McDormand as she and Sam Rockwell swept up Golden Globes, BAFTA’s, Oscar’s and gathered an army of fans, talk of inclusion causes as a matter of requirement for film projects and has also influence campaigners around the world. After waiting for months with no culprit’s being caught in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes buys up three billboard signs with a message aimed at William Willoughby, the town’s revered chief of police. The intended outcome is to draw attention to her daughter’s case and to provoke action from the sheriff’s office. Throughout the film, the billboards are constantly being destroyed and updated ultimately remain on the landscape whilst Mildred continues to seek out justice for her daughter. It’s this image that has inspired campaigners to use this tactic in their campaigns or justice. Billboards are being used to call…

The Social Horror Genre – Get Out

“Get Out” is a paranoid thriller that like the best conspiracy thrillers,  disturbs the audience with its expert use of unsettling images and situations throughout that fill you with horror. The film starts out like a classic comedy-drama, in the vain of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, in which a young African-American man meets his Caucasian girlfriend’s parents for the first time. But the boyfriend, Chris, notices something strange about all the black people he encounters in the idyllic community and learns of the more sinister designs the family have in mind for him. Financed by Blumhouse, it was exactly the kind of off-beat, a zeitgeist-hitting film that could be spun into a horror hit—provided it could be made cheaply. The company keeps budgets low by offering deferred payments, hence taking bigger creative gambles with stories that may never get made as Jorden Peel identifies himself. “You want to hear a cool story? The…