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Apostle Paul: a polite bribe

JKTL Nash Lecture Theatre
Culture, Other
23/10/2015 (19:00-21:00)

Part of the Arts & Humanities Festival 2015 - Fabrication.

Presented by the Department of Theology & Religious Studies

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Apostle Paul: a polite bribe

Film screening and discussion with the director


Saint Paul (or the Apostle Paul) is one of the most influential figures in western history. The traditional account of his life is largely dependent on the New Testament book of Acts. 

This original and provocative film by Robert Orlando offers a strikingly different narrative. For Orlando, the portrait of Paul in Acts is partially fabricated. It also reflects the writer’s own literary agenda rather than historical fact. Orlando instead reconstructs Paul’s life largely on the basis of what Paul himself has to say in his own letters (which are preserved in the New Testament).  

This documentary film uses animation and contributions from well-known scholars to tell of Paul’s life. It explores Paul’s conflicts with Peter, James and the established leaders of the early Christian movement, and his attempts to win them over by raising funds, ‘a polite bribe’. Following the screening, there will be a Q&A session with director Robert Orlando.

Robert Orlando is a filmmaker and author. He began his career with the 1988 film See Her Run, and released his first documentary La Famiglia in 1996. In 2001, Orlando wrote and directed the award-winning Moment In Time. Apostle Paul: A Polite Bribe was released in 2014, and is the culmination of 8 years of research. It combines his filmmaking with the life long interest in Saint Paul and early Christianity. Orlando has also just completed the documentary, Silence Patton, to be released later this year.

Robert will also be joined by the key creative artist on the film David Orlandelli.

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