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Fr. Richard Leonard, SJ - Witness Interview

About Fr. Richard Leonard, SJ:
Author, film critic, professor

Fr. Richard Leonard, SJ, is a writer and film critic who has written and spoken about cinema, culture, and faith on four continents. Born at Warwick, Queensland, and growing up in Toowoomba, Fr. Leonard directs the Australian Catholic Office for Film and Broadcasting for the Bishop's Conference. He holds undergraduate degrees in arts, education and theology, as well as a master's degree in systematic theology. After ordination to the priesthood at St Mary's Church, North Sydney, on 11, December, 1993, Richard was apprenticed to Albert Street Productions where he wrote, produced and directed documentary films for Australian television.

In 1996 Richard undertook the graduate course in film production at the London Film School, Covent Garden. In 2004 he graduated with a PhD in cinema studies from Melbourne University in Australia. Fr. Leonard lectures in cinema and theology at the United Faculty of Theology and has been a visiting lecturer in Australian cinema at the University of Melbourne.

In 2003 he was a visiting scholar within the School of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of California in Los Angels (UCLA). In 2006, 2008 and 2010 he was a visiting professor at the Gregorian University in Rome. Since 2007 he has been an honorary fellow of the Australian Catholic University. He is a member of the Australian Catholic Media Council and a film critic for all the major Australian Catholic newspapers. He has served on juries at the Venice, Berlin, Hong Kong, Montreal, Brisbane and Melbourne International Film Festivals and has lectured on film, faith and culture across Australia and the Pacific, Asia, the UK and the USA. Fr. Leonard is the author of numerous books and articles in magazines and reviews around the world.

This interview took place at Laval University in Quebec City on June 20, 2017 during the SIGNIS International Communications Congress.