Jonathan Stedall’s documentary movie about Rudolf Steiner (‘The Challenge of Rudolf Steiner’) is finished and will soon premiere at the Rudolf Steiner House in London. I’m not sure if it will ever be shown in ordinary movie theaters; it seems somewhat unlikely. I have a question for you though. This is from NNA:
For Jonathan Stedall the documentary marks the fulfilment of a project which has been long in the making: “The two parallel threads in my life have been my work as a documentary film-maker and my deep interest in the work of Rudolf Steiner,” he told NNA.
“Having made a number of films for the BBC about Camphill schools and village communities in the UK, Germany, Switzerland and the USA, and in 1994 a promotional film for the Steiner Schools Fellowship in Britain, I have now, at last, had the opportunity to explore the broader picture – the life and legacy of someone whose ideas and insights are, I believe, ever more relevant,” Stedall explained.
Anyone seen these BBC films? What were they like? What picture are we getting of Camphill?
I’m sure that the new film depicts Steiner as a hero; that’s ok. Stedall is open with his allegiances (he clearly thinks he’s great) and it’s not — as far as I know — a BBC production. I suspect — unfortunately — that the film won’t reach any further than to his likewise enthusiastic audience in the Steiner House and similar establishements. It’s aimed at television, but I wonder if any of the broadcasting companies have bought it. There’s a list of a few scheduled screenings that has so far been announced; see the end of the NNA article.
I would like to see, one day, a great documentary about Steiner. Or even a feature film; perhaps even a better a feature film with mystical-magical elements incorporated! It could be splendid, riveting, interesting, quite lovely.
(Blog post from a year ago.)