Douglas Gresham in Switzerland

Posted October 12, 2006 12:45 am by Clipsie

Douglas Gresham, co-producer of the Chronicles of Narnia, will be visiting French Switzerland from the 21st to the 25th of October. The stepson of C.S. Lewis (the author of the Chronicles of Narnia which inspired the Disney film), Gresham will be presenting a series of conferences in schools, universities, and churches. He will be talking about the Christian aspects of Narnia, as general awareness of these increased when the film was released last December. Furthermore, he will be letting special effects enthusiasts hear about his Hollywood experiences.

This will also be an opportunity for Gresham to talk about the second film that is being created as part of the Narnia series, Prince Caspian. The film, also co-produced by Disney, will be released in 2008.

Douglas Gresham is the stepson of C.S. Lewis. Born in New York in 1945, he arrived in England in 1953 when his mother Joy Gresham, a writer, became interested in the work of C.S. Lewis, a professor at Oxford then Cambridge. In 1956, C.S. Lewis married Joy, and Douglas became his adopted son. In “Jack’s Life”, a 2005 biography about the author of the Chronicles of Narnia, Douglas Gresham tells of his perception of the man Lewis. Gresham lived by his side from 1953 to 1963, the year of the author’s death. He creates a portrait of a man full of humour, yet marked deeply by World War I. Firstly by the horrors that he had seen in the trenches when he found himself enlisted as a voluntary officer in the British army. Then, by a promise made to one of his friends to watch over his family in case of his death during the war, a promise that Lewis fulfilled for over thirty years.

Today, Gresham works for the C.S. Lewis Company, a society that manages the rights of the works of C.S. Lewis and controls the manner in which these works are used. During the production of the Disney films, Gresham is representing the interests of C.S. Lewis, even through products used by an international fast food chain in its Happy Meals! A Christian himself, Gresham believes that the Christian aspects of Lewis’ work should not be hidden under a bushel. “Yet the Christians who have seen the film,” he likes to explain, “go to it to look for Christian symbolism. I think that is the wrong way to approach the film. It would be better when watching it to think about who people can relate to in the world of Narnia. Am I Peter? Lucy, Susan, Edmund, or Mr. Tumnus?”

For more information: Norbert Valley, pastor of the Eglise évangélique Arc-en-ciel in Gland. Tel. 022 364 68 58 or 079 250 24 79. See also: www.aesr.ch.

1. Churches

– Gland: Sunday 22nd October, 10:00 am at the Eglise évangélique Arc-en-ciel (www.megaphone.org/aec)

– Nyon: Sunday 22nd October, 5:00 pm at the Eglise anglophone Westlake (www.westlakechurch.com)

– Villars-sur-Glâne: Monday 23d October at the Eglise évangélique libre (rte de Moncor 12, bus line 2, stopping at Moncor) (www.espacerencontre.ch)

– Lausanne: Tuesday 24th October, 7:45pm to 9:15pm at the Eglise évangélique de Villard (ch. des Fleurettes 35)

– Geneva: Wednesday 25th October, 8:00 pm at the Eglise du Sauveur Vivant (rue Ernest-Pictet 20) (www.apc-acm.org)

2. Meetings for children

– Geneva: 21st October, 8:00 pm in the Adéléa centre (42, rue de la Servette) (www.adelea.ch)

– Gland: 22nd October at the “cadre de Halonight”. For all information: www.halonight.ch.

3. Universities

– University of Fribourg: 23rd October

– EPFL: 24th October

– University of Lausanne: 25th October

These conferences are organised by the Biblical Group universities (www.gbeu.ch) in association with Campus for Christ (www.campuspourchrist.ch).

Thanks to Phil for the heads up. This is the version we translated, visit blog.narnia.ch to read the original article in French.