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'Mother Teresa,' the Movie Hollywood
By Michael Ireland
Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News Service
(ANS) -- Genuine Christian faith
is rarely treated with respect by Hollywood, says Mark Thorn in
an article for the Web site of Australian Christian Television,
writing about a new movie on the life and work of Mother Teresa.
Ironically, Thorn says, Hollywood producers seem to be embarrassed
"And therefore it would be out of place for Hollywood's
film makers to promote the concept that faith and love can be
genuine and people who exhibit these traits do not always have
ulterior motives," he writes in a review of a new movie that
is sure to be welcomed by people of faith around the world.
"This is why Hollywood could not have made the upcoming
feature movie Mother Teresa," Thorn writes.
"Instead, it was made by Italians, and stars a cast of actors
who, although masterful in their craft, are -- except for Golden
Globe winner Olivia Hussey who plays the lead role -- not well
known," says Thorn.
Nevertheless Thorn believes that Mother Teresa is a
powerful piece of cinema.
"Costing over U.S. $20 million to make, and shot on location
in Northern Italy and Sri Lanka, it is well acted, well-produced
and lovingly crafted into a two-hour experience of a life that
we could all do well to emulate," he says.
In no way is Mother Teresa sugary and embarrassing,
"It’s not a movie that glosses over the harsh realities
Mother Teresa faced, but rather represents her life with balance,
sensitivity, and full dramatic appeal," he says.
Thorn believes Italians have "a masterful flair for producing
movies of great beauty and heartfelt relevance."
"Mother Teresa is no exception. If you had the
opportunity of seeing Franco Zeffirellis' 1977 classic Jesus
of Nazareth, starring Olivia Hussey as the Virgin Mary, then
you will agree that some of the best faith-embracing films come
from Italy, The Passion of the Christ being a notable
exception," Thorn says.
Produced by Luca Bernabei, who has produced many biblical films
including The Apocalypse, starring Richard Harris, and
directed by Fabrizio Costa, Mother Teresa represents
an achievement they both seem to have been working up to for some
time. Costa has also directed a movie on Fatima (Fatima,
1997) and a biblical epic Maria: Daughter of Her Son
"All in all, Mother Teresa is a movie that will
leave a lasting impression on your soul. It is a movie made for
these times," Thorn says.
Thorn reports that in keeping with the spirit of charity displayed
by Mother Teresa, the Australian distributor has partnered with
charities including Christian Blind Mission Australia, Compassion,
Catholic Mission, Samaritan’s Purse, and Childcare International
to distribute between $3-4 (Australian) from every ticket sale
To ensure the charities are supported, tickets can only be purchased
online from www.condios.com.au
or via telephone:1300 725 728.
SCREENING TIMES: AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL CITIES
Mother Teresa began screenings at selected Greater Union,
Hoyts and independent cinemas, starting April 18 in Brisbane,
May 5 in Sydney, June 2 in Melbourne, June 30 in Adelaide, and
July 20 in Perth and Darwin.
Costing more than $20 million to produce, and shot in Sri Lanka
and Italy, the movie tells the story of Mother Teresa from the
time she first received her calling to near to the end of her
Thorn says this magnificent movie faithfully captures the poverty,
death, and hopelessness Mother Teresa worked so hard to alleviate,
telling the story of her commitment and faithfulness to her calling
with warmth and charm.
He says lead Actress Olivia Hussey (Jesus of Nazareth,
Romeo & Juliet) delivers a masterful performance
as Mother Teresa. "Her acting is captivating -- yielding
a highly complex character motivated by love for humanity and
a strong calling from God."
"This is a movie to be experienced in your heart, and shared
with friends," Thorn says, adding: "It provides an ideal
venue for group bookings by church youth groups and outreaches,
as well as being a great night out for those who appreciate quality
The film is expected to raise more than $100,000 (Australian)
for charity through the contribution of between $3-4 per ticket
to a wide range of charities.
The Australian distributor, ConDios Entertainment’s Managing
Director, Ben Watson-Brown, calls it a "Tribute" to
"I’m sure this is how she would have wanted it,"
he said, "seeing her life still supporting the sick and needy,
even after she has left us."
Mother Teresa is distributed by ConDios Entertainment,
an independent distributor specializing in films that speak to
Bookings can only be made through the
ConDios Web site or by phoning 1300 725 728.
Michael Ireland is an international British freelance journalist.
A former reporter with a London newspaper, Michael is the Chief
Correspondent for ASSIST News Service of Garden Grove, CA. Michael
immigrated to the United States in 1982 and became a US citizen
in Sept., 1995. He is married with two children. Michael has also
been a frequent contributor to UCB Europe, a British Christian radio
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