Some Steiner folks have suddenly become interested in reality, and ask: ‘Can you help this film become reality?’
If you’re going to make a movie about someone, at least you could try to tell us something interesting. This just isn’t. It’s boring, and Rudolf Steiner deserves better. It’s actually true, he does.
Who was this man whom many see as the greatest holistic pioneer of modern times?
This is why people laugh at anthroposophists. It’s not really Steiner’s fault. He’s either hailed as the greatest man ever or he’s not to be mentioned at all because his name is bad for PR reasons. Depending on circumstances, no doubt. I’m sure the people behind this film have thought that if they show everybody what a fantastic, super-human human being Steiner was, then people will stop thinking anthroposophists are in some kind of bizarre religious cult. But anthroposophists who admire Steiner unexceptionally, who write promo texts like this, only manage to do one thing: prove to us the cultishness is a fact. Hint: giving people the impression you’re brainwashed knuckleheads may not really be a good idea, unless you wish to appear like brainwashed knuckleheads. Another hint: making an utterly boring, hagiographic movie won’t bring a ‘potential for the generation of revenue’, I’m sorry to say. You cannot expect people — with the exception of anthroposophists and a few clueless waldorf parents — to pay for a promotional movie. It’s meant to sell a product — or a cult — and that’s neither appealing, nor interesting.
Also, in regard to the about-section, the filmmakers are right that people know too little about the person and the ideas behind biodynamic products, waldorf education, and so forth. Again, this seems to be a conscious tactic to some degree: talking about Steiner or anthroposophy is thought to be bad for business. Paradoxically, anthroposophists want to have it both ways. Depending on the context and the circumstances.
There will also be a sequence filmed during an international conference at the Goetheanum in Dornach. Such a gathering will illustrate how more and more people from all over the world are seeking to nurture and to deepen the insights that this Austrian scholar and visionary gave into every area of modern life, and above all into the nature of the evolving human being.
If nothing else, it will show that even anthroposophists can find Dornach on a map of Switzerland. I never suspected it…
The director — if the movie becomes reality — will be Jonathan Stedall, a documentary filmmaker (for, e g, the BBC) and author (published by anthroposophic Hawthorn Press). The producation company is Cupola Productions Limited and its adress is listed as that of the Ruskin Mill trust — an anthroposophical trust fund.