A series of film shows is to be held in London and in six regional centres early this year to reveal some of the resources available for spreading the Christian Faith and social awareness by way of the cinema screen.
The showings are being organised jointly by Religious Films Ltd., and by the Churches Television and Radio Centre, whose director, the Rev. Leslie Timmins, has this to say about films on religious themes: "On the basis of the old cry 'Why should the Devil have all the best tunes?' we want to show that there need be nothing stuffy about films for Christians. What I call 'the-Arabs-in-blankets syndrome' is long out of date. We can be specific or we can be oblique in our approach.
"We can, for instance, take a great comedian and set him talk about his Faith; or we can take a great cricketer and let his love and devotion td the game tell us about his characters We can tell a story without hammering home the moral.
"So we have taken a selection from the large numbers of good films that are available to show how useful the film can be in the context of the Christian Message."
The film days begin in Birmingham on January 29 and will be held at intervals until May 20 in Bolton, London-. Norwich, Bristol, Bradford and Southampton.
Twenty-five films will be shown, grouped into three programmes, each lasting about three hours.
Further information may be obtained from the Rev. Leslie Timmins, Director, Churches Television Centre, Hillside, Merry Hill Road, Bushey, Watford, WD2 1DR.