D A Hemingway: February 2018
Lent Discussion Group — "Broken"
If you are looking for something thought-provoking to do, this might be for you....
For a number of years, members of Bishops Offley Chapel has run a film discussion group during the period of Lent. The group is open to anyone who wishes to look a little deeper into the back story of a film and exchange related opinions, personal experiences and emotions.
The framework for these discussions has been provided by guides — such as a series of books written by Hilary Brand — which have challenged us to consider the content of a chosen film from the point of view of its characters. Generally these characters are burdened with particular difficulties and the way they rise above them provides a rich area for discussion. Films we have looked into in previous years include The Shawshank Redemption, Terminal (Tom Hanks), The King's Speech, Chocolat and The Theory of Everything.
In 2017, BBC One broadcast "Broken", a gritty drama digging deep into the complicated lives of a Catholic priest and his parishioners. Produced by Jimmy McGovern, starring Sean Bean and Anna Friel, this is a first class production which is truly gripping. We decided it was great material for this year's course, reflecting on the challenging issues it raises about our society.
There are six episodes of "Broken" and each session begins by viewing one complete episode. This is followed by discussions which are loosely steered using course guide notes. At some point during the evening we have some lovely home-made cakes and a cup of tea!
We left our last session feeling challenged by the film and subsequent discussion but also warmed at the time spent together in fellowship. The drama is first-rate and the course material is very thoughtful and relevant. I cannot praise enough the couple of hours spent together. The next meeting is on Wednesday 21st March and as each session is 'standalone' you are guaranteed a warm welcome and are encouraged to come along, your thoughts are important!
This session will begin at 6:30 pm at the Chapel (ST21 6HE) and all will be 'self-contained' so come along — you'll be made most welcome.
If you want to find out more then please 'phone Amicia (01785 280633) or Liz (01785 280478)
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