Tag

writing

Browsing

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 Greatest Showman and his Misfits

The Greatest Showman as presented by Hugh Jackman is the perfect antidote to January. Based on the life of P.T Barnum and his traveling circus, fizzling with colour, musical numbers that really only Hugh Jackman can deliver in his razzmatazz style and passion. We meet Barnum, orphaned at a young age rise above his adverse poverty to marry his childhood sweetheart and establish his circus company become very wealthy and rise up in society well to an extent. Despite his success, he isn’t fully accepted into the higher echelons of New York society and so his inner shortcoming is the desire to be seen as respectable and not just a well-oiled machine exploiting the “Freaks” that he has gathered and puts on display. Although of course, the Hollywood twist on this circus is opportunity and equality for all, unlikely to be the case in real life, but nevertheless a worthy…

Lady Bird & Diaries in Rehearsal

So we already know at this point that Lady Bird is the best-reviewed film of all time. But as a quick recap, it is a film about Christine an ambitious, bright and awkward, teenager, finding her way in life – a coming of age story in it’s most classic form, with great performances from Sairose Ronan and directed by Greta Gerwig. There’s a great deal written about the film already, but I was really struck by what an approachable and open person Greta came across as at a recent Q &A at Women in Film & TV (WFTV) at the Curzon Mayfair her understanding of the actor, story and the world she has brought us into is evident from the onset.  Greta recalled how as a teenager growing up she was asked to keep her diaries a secret so no one could see them, she immediately points out how it’s interesting that…