Tuesday, 18 October 2016

EWTN's "The Inquisition" broadcast times

The Inquisition

a new mini-series from EWTN

Broadcast times and Dates

EWTN's latest docudrama "The Inquisition" will be broadcast in the USA/Canada from 26th to 29th October at 9:30pm ET, it will be preceded at 8pm by an interview with professor Madden and myself on Fr Mitch Pacwa's EWTN Live show where we discuss the inquisitions and this production. In Britain and Ireland it will be broadcast on 27th and 28th at 9:30pm. There is an early morning airing (5:00am ET) on EWTN's Asia/Pacific satellite but that is 8pm in Sydney. Please see EWTN's latest trailer.

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Friday, 30 September 2016

Fatima production update and photos

EWTN's The Message of Fatima

Production update

Since I last posted on the Fatima project a lot has happened. We have had two filming sessions in Fatima with Casa do Povo the local folk group who are providing authentic actors and sites etc. We also filmed in a London studio with a young Catholic actress Rachel Clifford playing Our Lady of Fatima and a young Catholic actor Liam Driver playing the Angel of Peace.

The Three Little Shepherds, local Fatima children playing the seers

Merseyside choir to produce soundtrack for "The Message of Fatima" mini-series
My latest film  "The Message of Fatima" soundtrack of which is being produced by a local Merseyside choir at the ICKSP's "Dome of Home" church in New Brighton. This will be largely original music compose especially for the production by an English composer Adam Tucker. Both by last two docudramas "The Crusades" and "The Inquisition" also had original especially composed and recorded soundtracks, however these were by Slovak composers.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

A brand new mini-series from EWTN


This is an unofficial trailer that EWTN are allowing me to publish to coincide with interviews and requests for information on the project.

The series will be premiered by EWTN on 26th-29th October 2016, 8:30pm ET in the USA and 27/28 in the UK and Ireland at 9:30pm and is a four episode docudrama. It was filmed across Europe in 2015 and was completed in early 2016. It is perhaps our most ambitious yet, with live action drama sequences performed by professional and semi-professional actors and re-enactors. Special thanks to assistant director Tony Plumridge and costume designer Ellen Plumridge  at Triptych Productions, and production coordinator  David Benjamin at "Crusade" the re-enactment group for providing the live action sequences. This is a co-production between EWTN and Lux Communication.

Actors in trailer:
Robin Ingram - Cardinal and Grand Inquisitor; Tony Plumridge - Canon Lawyer; John Atterbury - Theologian
Lynn Robertson Hay - Falsely accused witch at the Tribunal; Jeff Baynham - Heretic, Cathar at the Tribunal; Andrew N. Hill - Galileo at the Tribunal; Richard Squires - Scribe and chaplain at the tribunal; Erik Jellyman - Papal Legate; Katherine Knight - Witch at cauldron; Sterling Archer - St James on horseback.

Like the Crusades it has a specially composed and recorded soundtrack by Chorus Salvatoris. The tracks in the trailer are the De Profundis and Domine ne in furore by Maria Jasurdova and The Black Legend by Moroslave Sibik. Sound mixing by Moroslave Sibik. Illustrations by Ursula Cavanagh.

Interviews by:
Cardinal Burke
Professor Thomas F Madden
Professor Jonathan Phillips
Professor Damian Smith
Jamie Bogle
Fr Thomas Crean OP
Fr Walter Senner OP
Robin Altken

Historical adviser Professor Damian Smith

The Executive Producers are:
Doug Keck and John Elson - EWTN

Michal Benko 1st Camera, Editing and Post Production

Pavol Kedelick 2nd Camera and sound by

Stefano Mazzeo - Producer, Director and Screenplay


Friday, 29 April 2016

EWTN's The Message of Fatima

Bl. Francisco and Jacinta
The Message of Fatima

A new 5 part docudrama from EWTN.

We are now working on a new docudrama for EWTN which will be broadcast to coincide with the one-hundredth anniversary of the apparitions during 1917. It's a very ambitious task with 5 episodes + a one off special.

Also we are very happy to be working with a local Fatima Folk group called Casa do Povo who will provide the actors. Below is a shot of the actors who will play the seers.

The young actors from Casa do Povo Folk Group
Apparitions of Our Lady and Angels are very rare and when they do appear its usually at a time of great danger. The twentieth century as a whole was a time of great calamity and destruction. It is clear that apparitions of Our Lady were warnings for humanity, she said that the war (World War I) would soon end but that an even greater one would break out in the reign of Pope Pius XI if man did not stop offending God. The prophecies of Fatima seem to cover all the calamitous events for the following 100 years, wars, Communism, impurity etc. I wonder whether there is yet something even more terrible to happen, perhaps to coincide with the centenary?  

These apparitions are known as private revelations but the Church has ruled that they are authentic. It's up to us to live our faith and believe. Public revelation of course comes to us through the Old and New Testament, and the deposit of faith in Tradition via Catholic Church.

I hope this docudrama will help a little in task of bringing Our Lady's message to as many people as possible. Especially the First Five Saturdays devotion which is being ignored by so many Catholics. The message of Fatima is very relevant today, with so many blasphemies being committed against Our Lord and against the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Our Lady said to Jacinta that more people go to Hell for sins of impurity than for any other reason. The modern media, TV, film and the Internet is jam-packed with impurity. I need your prayers for this project; so please if you find a spare second or two remember me, here is angel's prayer from the apparitions at Fatima in 1916.

"My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love you!
I beg pardon of You for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love You."

Monday, 28 March 2016

Mother Angelica RIP

Mother Angelica, foundress of EWTN,

dies on Easter Sunday

Mother Angelica, photo EWTN

Mother Angelica the foundress of the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) dies aged 92. She had suffered a stroke in 2001 and never fully recovered her speaking ability. But she offered up her sufferings for the Television network she founded.

The Hammer of the Heretics

She did so much for the Catholic Church in the USA and around the globe. She was an unwavering, faithful orthodox Catholic that would not bend to the Zeitgeist, even when some members of the hierarchy made life difficult for her and her station.  She was described as the "hammer of the heretics" and even challenged Cardinal Roger Mahony whose teachings on the Real Presence in the Eucharist seemed ambiguous. Mahony was in fact the successor of Cardinal Bernardin who seems to have passed onto Mahony the mantle of the leadership of the Churches left, and of the liberal ideas that have proven to have been such a bane to the Church. However she got into trouble for saying on air that obedience to this Cardinal in his diocese should "0" zero, as she made a zero with her forefinger and thumb. It is perhaps strange that those in the Church that demand obedience are those who also are themselves disobedient to the teachings of the Church, and none are more demanding of obedience than a disobedient liberal bishop or even a Cardinal.

A TV network founded on Miracles

The very existence of EWTN is in itself a miracle founded by a Poor Clare nun Mother Angelica whose determination and perseverance saw the hand of God intervene with several times with what can only be described as Miracles themselves. In 1981 CNN was founded by Ted Turner a millionaire media mogal; however at the same time with just two hundred dollars and a garage at her monastery as a studio, Mother Angelica founded EWTN.

May the world's largest TV network EWTN that Mother Angelica founded continue to grow to the glory of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Now to be guided by her intercessory prayers just as her sufferings helped the Church while she was alive.

Mother Angelica, Requiescat in Pace

Sunday, 21 February 2016

More Stills from EWTN's latest production

The Inquisition mini-series

Here are a few more stills from EWTN's Inquisition mini-series. This time on a Scottish theme.

Mary Queen of Scots

A Scottish Piper we managed to film when we 
were on location in Edinburgh

And an illustration of John Knox

A little up-date on the production, we are close to closing editing, our editor/cameraman Michal Benko has started colorgrading the episodes and we are at the start of post-production. No date has yet been set for broadcast.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Three witches from EWTN's Inquisition mini-series

The Inquisition and Witchcraft

Here are three images from EWTN's up and coming Inquisition series, three witches. First we have the Catholic Inquisition which did not execute witches, more often than not they either treated witches and those who denounced them with scepticism or gave them spiritual penances, like sending them on a pilgrimage. The second shot shows a witch at a cauldron, yes witchcraft and evil is a reality. The third image is of how Protestants in the early modern era, dealt with witches which was usually to burn them.   

Denunciations of women accused of witchcraft were
treated with scepticism by the Catholic Inquisition.
Catholic countries did not burn witches, this was largely
due to the formal legal process of the Inquisitional tribunal
However, witchcraft is an evil reality, this still shows
a witch and a cauldron - inspired by the Waterhouse painting.

In Protestant countries being denounced as a witch had serious
consequences 50,000 suffered this cruel fate especially under
the influence of the "great" reformers Calvin and Knox

Note: no witches were hurt in the making of this film.