We all love a good story and most people have a favorite film - what’s yours? Cinema-going in the UK has maintained at a fairly steady level of around 170 million visits annually for the last fifteen years. Advertising on TV, buses and hoardings is always announcing the arrival of the latest blockbuster. The largest group (30%) of cinema-goers are aged 15-24 and for many the stories on the large screen form part of their attempt to make meaning of the world around them. The stories and ideas presented by films form one of the strands that is shaping the evolution of society as we emerge from the modern age. Films offer a rich source of material for theological reflection and as we consider how the story of the film, my story and God’s story might all intersect, we too can make meaning through watching films together.
Revd Duncan Strathie has a long standing interest in exploring theology through films and has been leading courses on the subject for more than 10 years. He is passionate about encouraging film watchers to engage critically with what they see and to recognise how it makes them feel.