FROM Charlton Heston holding his stone tablets aloft to Mel
Gibson directing Aramaic dialogue, the Bible has consistently
inspired Hollywood. Now, a canon of Chelmsford Cathedral is
inviting 12 people to create a film called The God
Eschewing the casting couch, the Revd Edward Carter, Canon
Theologian at Chelmsford, has invited anyone aged over 18 to join
the project. Participants will talk about their passions and how
these relate to God.
"They don't have to be Christians, but, as I am making clear
with God in the title, it's meant to be about understanding how God
is at work in our lives," said Canon Carter last week.
"As an example, one of my hobbies is playing volleyball, so I
might talk about that, and how the great build-up to a big match is
a little bit like preparing for an important service. It's the
parable principle. Jesus told stories about everyday life, and used
them to illustrate very important spiritual things."
When asked about his own favourite films about God, Canon Carter
selected The Matrix, which he has used in adult
confirmation classes. "There are some movies which are very
specifically about Jesus or about the Christian story, and many of
those are wonderful," he said. "More interesting are those not
specifically about God. . . [but] great spiritual films. The
Matrix is a wonderful movie about the hiddenness of the
Kingdom of Heaven in our midst."
The God Movie will be made over the six Monday evenings
from 16 September to 21 October. The premiere will be on 9 November
at the cathedral.