Life behind the Iron Curtain

By Nevil Gibson | September 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

Living behind the Iron Curtain is distant history to those born after 1990. That includes a large proportion of cinema audiences and is perhaps the reason for a swag of films coming out of Eastern Europe.

The Catholic Voices approach to defending the Faith

By NZ Catholic Staff | September 2, 2017 | 1 Comment

HOW TO DEFEND THE FAITH WITHOUT RAISING YOUR VOICE by Austen Ivereigh and Kathryn Jean Lopez (Our Sunday Visitor, 2015). 192pp. Reviewed by PAT McCARTHY.

Human-ape saga reaches climax

By Nevil Gibson | August 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

When French science fiction writer Pierre Boule’s Planet of the Apes was first filmed in 1968, it tapped into a widespread concern that civilisation was endangered by racial and ideological conflict.

A work of extraordinary tenderness

By NZ Catholic Staff | August 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

THE GIFT OF GRIEF — One son’s story following the death of his father by Andrew Stringfellow (Redemptorist Publications, 2015, Supplied by Pleroma Christian Supplies); $25.00; reviewed by DELIA RUANE.

Ireland’s unlikely peace trip

By Nevil Gibson | August 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Sectarian politics in Northern Ireland were so extreme that when travelling overseas it was customary for politicians from opposing factions to accompany each other to ensure their mutual safety.

France’s first black clown

By Nevil Gibson | July 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

A few years ago, the lack of non-white faces in the Hollywood Oscar nominations was a matter of major controversy. This year, a film with only black faces, Moonlight, was the winner.