Martin Scorsese

Andrew Garfield (centre) on BBC One's Graham Norton Show
Andrew Garfield, currently starring as a 17th century Jesuit missionary in the Martin Scorsese film Silence, has been talking about his experience of undertaking a silent retreat at St Beuno’s Spirituality Centre in North Wales. The actor was guest on the Graham Norton Show on BBC One on Friday, alongside Annette Bening, Harriet Harman and Asa Butterfield .Part of the preparation for playing Jesuit priests in the film, Garfield explained, was for fellow actor Adam Driver and himself to...
The new Martin Scorsese movie Silence goes on general release in UK cinemas today.It tells the story of Jesuit missionaries risking their lives to bring the Word of God to a persecuted Christian minority in seventeenth century Japan, and doing so explores the nature of faith, doubt and redemption.In a recent edition of Jesuits & Friends Jonathan Wright explained the role Jesuits played in early-modern Japan:It fell to Francis Xavier to inaugurate the Jesuits’ Japanese adventure....
Andrew Garfield in Silence Credit Kerry Brown
The Christian publisher SPCK is offering a 20% discount to friends and supporters of the Jesuits on two new books to mark the film adaptation by Martin Scorsese of Shūsaku Endō’s novel Silence. In addition to publishing a special edition of the novel, SPCK has also recently published a new book In Search of Japan’s Hidden Christians by John Dougill, which describes the history behind the story. Christian missionaries, including many Jesuits, arrived in Japan in 1549 and over...
Martin Scorsese talks to the Jesuits
This week Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese gave a private screening of his new film Silence to a group of 300 Jesuits in Rome. The film, based on a novel by Shusaku Endo, tells the story of 17th-century Jesuit missionaries who travel to Japan in search of their mentor, who is rumoured to have renounced the faith under torture at the hands of the Japanese regime.After the screening Mr. Scorsese told the audience “this is a story of faith that is carried by the Jesuits, so I...
Martin Scorsese directs Andrew Garfield on the set of 'Silence': Kerry Brown/Paramount Pictures
Actor Andrew Garfield has been speaking about his experience of undertaking a seven-day silent retreat at St Beuno’s spirituality and retreat centre in North Wales, in preparation for his role in the Martin Scorsese film Silence, which is due to be released in the UK in the New Year. Scorsese has been passionate about making the film since he read Shūsaku Endō’s novel of the same name back in 1989; and it is due to receive its premiere in the Vatican within the next few weeks.The...
Liam Neeson in 'Silence'
Paramount Pictures have confirmed that Martin Scorsese’s much anticipated film about two 17th century Jesuit missionaries will be released in the United States shortly before Christmas, with wider distribution in the New Year.Silence is based on the novel of the same name by Japanese author Shūsaku Endō, and it has been Scorsese’s passion to turn it into a film since 1991. Various problems delayed the project going into production until April 2013, when Scorsese said he would begin...
A former pupil of Donhead Preparatory School and Wimbledon College is the new Spider-Man. Tom Holland, who attended the Jesuit college in South West London until 2012, will take over the role of Peter Parker who becomes the Marvel superhero when the latest film hits cinemas in 2017.The producer of the new Spider-Man film, Amy Pascal, described Tom as “the perfect actor to bring Spider-Man’s story into the Marvel Cinematic Universe,” saying that they needed “a vibrant, talented young actor...
Christians in Nagasaki have been celebrating the Jesuits and laity who risked (and often gave) their lives for their faith in 17th century Japan. 17 March was the 150th anniversary of the 'Hidden Christians' of the country revealing themselves to an amazed Dutch missionary in 1865. Pope Francis was represented by Cardinal Orlando B Quevedo, Archbishop of Cotabato in the Philippines. In a letter read out at the celebrations, the Pope asked that Cardinal Quevedo should remember those who gave...
An epic story about Jesuit missionaries in 17th century Japan is due to go into production next month, under the direction of Martin Scorsese, according to reports. Years of delays and litigation have hampered his ambition to turn Shusaku Endo’s book Silence into a film, but now it appears that plans are moving forward.Liam Neeson has apparently been secured to play the role of Jesuit Father Ferreira who risked persecution and even death to bring the Gospel to Buddhists in Japan, with...