Monday 24 July 2017

Film Production Update - July 2017 - Catholic films about the Saints and English Martyrs

July 2017

Over the past couple of weeks we have been working on our new film about Blessed Bartolo Longo, an Italian lawyer and ex-satanic priest who is most famously known as the Apostle of the Rosary and for founding the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii.
We were able to film our own visuals for our film presentation from key moments in Bartolo's life, in March of this year, 2017. We first discovered Bartolo Longo through Pope Saint John Paul II Encyclical letter on the Rosary in 2003 and were struck by his words and example. We try to include the rosary in every one of our films, even if we just show the Saint or English Martyr running the beads through their fingers while in a posture of prayer and contemplation. So learning that Bartolo Longo is called the Apostle of the Rosary made us desire to look into his life and special mission and eventually offer a film biography for others to come to know him or be able to share his story.

To date, we have filmed all the scenes we require for our film and are currently collecting paintings, images and photographs. We have recorded the narration and will be moving on to editing narration and editing. We hope to have the film available over the summer.


A film that we have wanted to do for a while is 'Saint Padre Pio'. Our late parish priest, Father Enda Naughton, had a particular devotion to Saint Padre Pio. We have a very strong Italian community in a parish church in our deanery and a beautiful large statue of Saint Padre Pio before which we have often prayed. We have read about Padre Pio and used many of his prayers for decades and thought it would be good to have another resource available on this great Saint of our times.
The narration for our film about Saint Padre Pio is currently being recorded in a studio up in Harrow. We have yet to film any footage for our production but hope to do so over the summer and look forward to working on this DVD.


Of course, our main focus is always to make available DVDs on the lives of the English Martyrs and English Saints. We filmed for Saint Thomas Garnet early this year, one of our 40 Martyrs of England and Wales, and look forward to working on this. We also have visuals planned for:

Saint Hilda
Queen Katherine of Aragon
Saint Frideswide of Oxford
Saint Werburgh
Margery Kemp
Saint Dymphna 
Saint Margaret of Scotland
Saint Edward the Confessor
and more

Footage already filmed this year for other DVDs include visuals for:

Saint Margaret Mary and the Sacred Heart
Saint Claude de la Colombiere and the Message to England
Saint Dominic Savio and the Vision of England
Saint Margaret Mazzarello
Saint Mechtilde of Magdeburg
Saint Thomas Garnet - English Martyr

Our film about Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne is also almost complete and will be available on DVD soon.
For current films available on the lives of the Saints and English Martyrs visit: 

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