MARY MAGDALENE

Reviewed by Greg King Director: Garth Davis Stars: Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tahar Rahin, Denis Menochet, Tcheky Karyo, Ryan Corr. In the 50s, Biblical films were extremely popular, with sweeping epics like the Oscar winning Ben Hur and the spectacular The Ten Commandments scoring at the box office. These stories drawn from the Bible featured timeless themes of good versus evil and epic battles. But in the 60s their popularity seemed to wane. More modern takes on Bible stories have tended to be revisionist in nature – Martin Scorsese’s Continue reading

MARY MAGDALENE – interview with Garth Davis

by GREG KING Mary Magdalene is a unique take on the Biblical story of Jesus, and it seeks to redress the popular misconception of Mary as a prostitute. Rather the film depicts her as one of the most ardent of Jesus’ disciples and believers and tells the familiar story from her perspective. The film stars Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix. Greg spoke to director Garth Davis about the film, which his follow up to the acclaimed, award winning drama Lion. http://www.mediafire.com/file/chikrf36k6o432l/230225_001.MP3 Continue reading

LION

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Garth Davis Stars: Dev Patel, Sunny Pawal, Nicole Kidman, David Wenham, Rooney Mara, Divian Ladwa. The moving Australian-produced drama Lion is based on the true story of Saroo Brierley, a young Indian boy from a poor rural family who, the age of five, became separated from his older brother Guddu in his native village and who eventually found his way home a quarter of a century later. Saroo (played by newcomer Sunny Pawal) became lost on a train that carried him 1500 miles away from home to the alien environment and the Continue reading