Suppose you had the chance to sit down and chat with C.S. Lewis near the end of his life. That was the “supposal” that shaped our creative approach to the docudrama C.S. Lewis: Beyond Narnia. Producer Karen Pascal (Windborne Productions) assembled an award-winning international team to make this film including Scottish director, Norman Stone, New York writer, Kenneth Cavander and Seattle composer, Jeremy Soule. They filmed in Oxford at Lewis’ home – The Kilns, The Eagle & Child, Addison’s Walk, Magdalen College and on the streets of Oxford. The film stars Anton Rodgers (The Merchant of Venice, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) and Diane Venora (Romeo & Juliet, The Insider, Heat) and has garnered excellent reviews worldwide.
Variety described it as “capturing high points of one intriguingly eccentric writer in a divinely concise package.” The Hollywood Reporter summarized it as “wonderfully intelligent”. “The film is touching, gentle and warm-hearted without proselytizing” – 4 star top rating The Financial Times. We set out to make a very accessible film that would introduce audiences to the man behind “The Chronicles of Narnia”.
We have drawn heavily from Lewis’ own accounts of his life found in “Surprised by Joy” and “A Grief Observed”. Everyone agrees that Anton Rodgers gives a wonderfully nuanced performance as C.S. Lewis bringing the man’s true wit and warmth to the screen. This film was commissioned by Faith and Values Media and premiered on Hallmark Channel and BBC2. C.S. Lewis: Beyond Narnia was a finalist for the prestigious Templeton Epiphany Award and has recently won the Creation Arts Festival’s Best Docudrama Award.