Religion: Clerical Cinemagnate

One of the striking new figures in Hollywood last week was a Church of England clergyman. The Rev. Brian Hession, 37, was appearing at the best parties clad in a checked, double-breasted suit topped by a clerical collar. But handsome Brian Hession, vicar of a parish of 12,000 people in Aylesbury, England, was not in Hollywood just for fun.

As representative of British religious film interests, he wanted to: 1) persuade a major producer to make the Life of Christ in Technicolor; 2) start producing a picture based on his own novel, The Hand that Drove the Nails (Hession's considered opinion: "It...

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