Homespun humour

Homespun humour

Volume 17, Issue 19 A Prairie Home CompanionStarring Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Kline and Lindsay Lohan. Directed by Robert Altman. Rated PG. 105 minutes.For 30 years or more, commentators have written about films having an ‘Altman-esque’ style. They mean that the film often has long takes, that characters intersect, talk, talk over each other, pass by and that the director does not mind whether we can see and hear everything exactly. Rather, he wants us to share the experience in its complexity, getting as much out of it as we can but never minding if we miss some of the detail.

Wisdom of years

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The Education of Dr Joe
Joseph N. Santamaria, Connor Court Publishing,
$19.95, 88 pages

This is a delightful collection of reminiscences and musings. The author is the son of Italian migrants who arrived in Australia early in the 20th Century. ‘Santamaria’ is a name that will be well known to Kairos readers, especially through the work of B.A. (‘Bob’) Santamaria, but his younger brother Joseph (known as ‘Dr Joe’) also has significant standing in the community.

Green Catholics

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Catholics and Nature
Fr Charles Rue SSC, Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, $6.60, 40 pages

Catholic Social Justice Sunday, those Kairos readers who wish to deepen their understanding and commitment to the social justice dimension of our faith would do well to become familiar with the Catholic Social Justice Series produced by the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council (ACSJC). These booklets present concise explorations of aspects of social justice, generally with specific reference to the situation as it stands in Australia. They provide very accessible guides to topical issues, or reflections on aspects of spirituality and justice.

Lifting the lid

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Starring Shane Jacobson, Eve Von Bibra and Ronald Jacobson.
Directed by Clayton Jacobson. Rated M. 103 minutes.

From Australia’s biggest festival to the smallest church social, Kenny Smyth delivers porta-loos to them all. Ignored and unappreciated, he is one of the cogs in society’s machinery; a knight in shining overalls taking care of business with his faithful ‘Splashdown’ crew. Kenny tackles every septic challenge that comes his way, culminating in a pilgrimage to that  Mecca of waste management, the International Pumper and Cleaner Expo in Nashville, Tennessee.

Teenage saint

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Joan of Arc: The story of Jehanne Darc
Lili Wilkinson, Black Dog Books, $16.95, 163 pages

This non-fiction book for older children tells the story of the brave and strong Jehanne Darc, better known as St Joan of Arc. St Joan is a role model to girls in every age as they face the struggles of their own lives and Lili Wilkinson’s biography will help bring more recognition of the relevance of this 15th century saint in the 21st century.