To Kill a Mockingbird

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.

Atticus defends Tom Robinson in 1930's Alabama

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.

Click here for a BBC News Special report on the 50 year anniversary

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…

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2 Responses to To Kill a Mockingbird

  1. Linan Wang says:

    Another one is equally good, “A time to kill” (“Now imagine she’s white.”)

  2. Darren Hackett says:

    Hi Brother and Sisters in Christ,

    I have always thought that Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is much more powerful when you realise that the play alludes to the presence of homosexuality in Southern society and examines the complicated rules of social conduct in this culture. Tennessee Williams himself was unclear about the nature of Brick’s feelings for his friend Skipper while developing different versions of the play.

    The gay theme is not in the film with Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman but when you know that TW wrote that theme in it and then watch it well, hold on to your hats. Paul Newman!!!

    Your in Christ,

    Darren Hackett

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