This Summer celebrates 50 years since Harper Lee published her novel, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, a powerful story of racial inequality set in Alabama in 1932.
On Sunday evening, St Chrysostom’s newly formed Film Group met at Methodist International House to watch and discuss the film adaptation of the classic novel, starring Greogory Peck as Atticus Finch, the lawyer who agrees to represent Tom Robinson (played by Brock Peters), a black man accused of raping a young white woman. The story, told through the eyes of Atticus’ 6 year old daughter Scout (Mary Badham), is a touching but powerful story about racial tensions, class and family values in the southern US States in the 1930s.
Discussion followed the film focusing on questions of race inequality, and on our view of ‘the other’, how easy it is for us to ostricise others based on differences and prejudice – based on race, gender, sexuality and as seen in ‘To kill a Mockingbird’ in Boo Radley, mental illness.
“You can shoot all the bluejays you like, if you can catch ’em, but its a sin to kill a mockingbird.” How often do we ‘shoot’ the harmless tings that appear to cause us a threat? Written 50 years ago, Harper Lee’s classic still has much relevance for todays audience.
St Chrysostom’s Film Group will resume in September. Take a look at the Church Website for further details. Is there a film you’d like to share? Leave a comment below…