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The Brokeback Mountain moment of Atheistic Hyperbolism

Whilst full of the usual hyperbolism, and risking putting people off the film by starting an ‘atheistic’ campaign to get it coverage, the following post from The Freethinker certainly sounds intriguing. I hope the film makes it to a cinema near me anyway:

NON-BELIEVERS are being asked to rally in support of a new movie – The Ledge – which, if successful – could project the positive aspects of atheism to millions of viewers all over the world.

Click on pic for trailer of The Ledge

In an email to the Freethinker today, Johnny Monsarrat – a volunteer for The Ledge’s atheist writer and director Matthew Chapman – says the movie:

Could be the Brokeback Mountain moment for atheists, drawing blockbuster attention to our cause. But, if the film doesn’t do well on video-on-demand and through its ‘test run’ in New York and Los Angeles theatres starting July 8, it could fail to go nationwide, scaring studios away from atheist films for years.

The first big film with an atheist hero and an A-list cast, The Ledge stars Liv Tyler, Patrick Wilson, Charlie Hunnam, and Terrence Howard.

Monsarrat adds:

We see The Ledge as an opportunity for atheism to reach far beyond the usual circles, and so far it’s been nominated Best US Drama at Sundance, and made Russia’s Top Weekly Chart (No 3) between Pirates of the Caribbean and Thor.

Reviewing the movie here, atheist blogger Greta Christina wrote:

I enjoyed the heck out of The Ledge, and am recommending it heartily to pretty much everyone. Atheists, believers who are curious about atheists, people who just like good movies – I recommend The Ledge” to all of you.

Written and directed by Matthew Chapman (author of Trials of the Monkey: An Accidental Memoir and 40 Days and 40 Nights: Darwin, Intelligent Design, God, Oxycontin, and Other Oddities on Trial in Pennsylvania, as well as Charles Darwin’s great-grandson), The Ledge is smart, riveting, complex, emotionally engaging, visually gorgeous …  and best of all, almost entirely unpredictable. Its characters are, well, human – likeable, aggravating, tough, loving, damaged – and the story is unpredictable in exactly the ways that human beings are unpredictable. It’s not a perfect film … but its imperfections are ten times more compelling than most of the boilerplate crap regularly churned out by the Hollywood machinery.

KJB: The Book that Changed the World (Film featuring John Rhys-Davies) – Edinburgh, 3 March 2011

Just alerting you to an interesting event happening in Edinburgh today. If it is interesting enough and I have time I might write a review…
You are are warmly invited to a special premiere screening today (Thursday 3 March) of a new historical docu-drama film on the making of the King James Bible.

‘KJB: The Book that Changed the World’ is a fine feature-length film that includes dramatic re-enactments, on-site narration by actor John Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings), and reflections from scholars about the creation of the King James Bible. It provides rich insights into the role of James VI of Scotland (James I of England), aspects of religious & political history and the different forces that shaped the making of the KJV bible 400 years ago.

This will be followed by a brief panel discussion (around 5.30pm) with the director Norman Stone (BBC’s Shadowlands), screen writer Murray Watts (Miracle Maker) and Professor Larry Hurtado, and then a drinks reception in the Rainy Hall. This is a unique opportunity to hear from two leading film-makers about their craft and the making of this film.

Please note that there has been a slight change in the venue for the KJB film showing at 4pm on Thursday, 3rd March. It will still take place on Thursday, starting at 4pm in New College, The University of Edinburgh, but in Lecture Room 1. (The Martin Hall will be used for overflow if necessary).

This event is sponsored by the Theology, History and Ethics Research Seminar & CTPI (the Centre for Theology and Public Issues).
All are very welcome.