Readers may not be familiar with the name Roland Joffe, but may be familiar with a number of his films, which include The Mission and The Killing Fields. Joffe has come out with another directorial effort, There Be Dragons, a semi-historical film set in the context of the Spanish Civil War, and has protagonists that include a younger version of the founder of Opus Dei, St. Josemaria Escriva. The choice of Escriva is an unusual one for Joffe, given his self-identification as a "wobbly agnostic".
The film has had a peculiar reception thus far. While the professional commentarati panned the film, 3 out of every 4 rank-and-file reviewers responded positively to it.
Australian readers might be interested to know that the Upper Zone Media, in association with Fleur-de-Lis Productions, will be hosting limited screenings of There Be Dragons in December in Brisbane (4th December), Melbourne (10th December) and Sydney (15th-17th December).
Further details, including booking details for Sydney, can be found by clicking here
or by emailing ami[at]upperzonemedia[dot]com[dot]au. Brisbane-based readers can get tickets, including tickets to a weekend festival of sacred music and art, by visiting the Fleur-de-Lis website
, or by emailing catholicfestival[at]gmail[dot]com.
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