Monday, 1 December 2008

Trailer for upcoming St Edmund Campion film

Mary's Dowry Productions are working hard on their new film of St Edmund Campion. The clip above is the first "teaser trailer" and another one is projected for early in the New Year. I'm looking forward to this film and it is good to be able to show the trailer on the feast day of St Edmund Campion.

Here is a good summary of his life from the page dedicated to the film at the Mary's Dowry website.
In 1580 a Jesuit Priest returned to his homeland on a secret mission to minister to the Catholics of England during a time when to hear Mass or celebrate Mass was outlawed. The Queen and her new government had forbidden the Catholic priesthood in England in the hope of killing the Catholic Faith. Edmund Campion was an extremely gifted and intelligent Oxford student, a friend of the Queen, a regular at Court, renowned for his wit, his smile, and even acquiring a 'fan base' that dressed like him and imitated his manerisms when he was a professor. Lord Leicester and Sir Cecil were his patrons. After a long, intellectual struggle Campion came to realize through his readings of the Early Church Fathers that the offical church established by the Queen and her government was not the same as that founded by Jesus Christ. Campion left England in disguise for the English College of Douai and after teaching and studying there was drawn to the heroic life of a Jesuit Catholic Priest. In 1579, Campion and a group of priests embarked on a secret mission into England, watched by spies and trailed by priest-hunters, to bring the Sacraments back to the Catholic faithful. During his mission in England, Campion wrote a paper known as 'Campion's Brag' in which he delared his reasons for entering the Country and soon after followed his famous 'Ten Reasons' which caused the government to redouble their efforts to catch him. Campion was eventually captured at the home of a Catholic family in 1581. He was tortured upon the rack many times, offered immense honours if he would renounce his faith for the protestant religion but refused. His famous debates with the Privy Council took place on four occasions during which Saint Philip Howard, the Queen's cousin, was converted due to Campion's arguments, later to die himself for the Catholic Faith in the Tower of London. After an unfair trial, Edmund Campion was hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn in December 1581.
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