While in Hamilton, under an insatiable full moon, there are the most excellent Stations of the Cross in Hamilton’s renowned Hamilton Garden(s) this week. While in Adelaide, Steve Taylor, living out of his usual willingness to engage his creativity is this week – Holy Week in the Christian calendar – weaving together the biblical text with the watching of a film each day of this week. His first text was Mark 11:15-16 “…on reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the moneychangers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts…”
His first film, the one he weaves together with his text from Mark, is my movie of 2010 – The Insatiable Moon. The little film that could! A Kiwi gem!
Steve reminds us, by quoting Tom Beaudoin, that “…popular media culture is an imaginative palette for faith … the church has to take that imaginative palette seriously… if part of the pastoral task of the church is to communicate God’s mercy and God’s freedom in a way that people understand then you have to use the language that they’re using, you have to use the metaphors and forms of experience that are already familiar to them…”
The Stations of the Cross is a good example of enacting and engaging “popular media culture” by using language, symbol’s, metaphor and forms of experience [people] are already familiar with…” Steve is doing the same thing.
You’ll find Steve’s list of films and biblical texts here.
While in respect of The Insatiable Moon, Steve reflects that:
“…Kiwi movies tend to be bred with a dark underbelly, from the haunted hills of “Vigil” to the secrets buried “In My Fathers Den.” “The Insatiable Moon,” a film dealing with the clash between mental health and urban gentrification, has a similar potential. Happily, the movie demonstrates a simple commitment to bless contemporary life, infusing human pain and suffering with an earthy humour and gentle mystery.
Two scenes – one pastoral, the other prophetic – remain etched in one’s memory long after the final credits roll. These scenes showcase Mike Riddell’s remarkable talent, the artist’s ability to sketch life, the mystic’s eye for the spiritual in the ordinary.
The first is the funeral of John (Mike Innes) and the pastoral drama created by the open mic and the pain of colliding narratives. It allows a superbly theological reflection on God and the suffering of being human. The scene is a must see for all those who stake allegiance to a God of love in a world of suffering.
The second is the public meeting, another collision of narratives, this time of developer with Ponsonby locals. Arthur’s entrance is superb, a powerful enactment full of strength, oratory and tenderness. Another must see scene for all those who yearn for prophetic transformation in our urban communities today. A powerful way to ponder the events of Holy week…”
You can read Steve’s complete reflection here. He also has a clip of the film.
And for those in NZ don’t forget to get your DVD copy of the movie. It was out in retail outlets last week.