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The new “Chesterton Station” episode has wrapped. Filming began at EWTN on the 16th and ended on the 22nd of this month . “The Mysterious Death of Mr. Faith”, in which Dorothy L Sayers visits the station, and together with a Chesterton, Lord Peter Wimsey, and Father Brown, solve the mysterious case of a mysterious murder of a most mysterious man, Mr. Faith! A “Chesterton Station”, whodunit, with clues for the viewer to put together!
Here are some pictures.
Hope to see you at the 42nd annual Chesterton Conference a Minneapolis! Here’s a promo…
Will I see you there? I’ll save a cigar just in case!
Chesterton makes an appearance at FUS to discuss his views on Education, with a few jokes along the way.
Last year news, Chesterton appearances and more…
One of the greatest nights of my life. Thank you to Matt Fradd, Rob, Chad, Matt and all the owners of The Chesterton and Company cigars of Steubenville for your warm welcome and hospitality. And, thank you, to all who came down to the event. It warmed my heart to see such a generous spirit and participate in such an intentionally Catholic, community event.
Plus an exciting an event in the works at the cigar shop on December 10th at 8 pm!
Dickens will be reading from his Carol and GK will sharing his writings on Christmas as well, a good time is guaranteed for all with the mead flowing and cigars puffing! Get your tickets early if you’ll be near Steubenville at this time!
And in "CHESTERTON STATION" NEWS,
I am so excited to have begun writing the next “Chesterton Station” episode, with a talented co-writer and research assistant Miss Elizabeth Williams!
We have begun the research and creating dramatic action for an episode entitled “The Mysterious Death of Mr. Faith.” In which GK and Dorothy L. Sayers solve a murder mystery with help from Lord Peter Wimsey and Father Brown. Stay tuned for more updates!
Filiming commences at EWTN studios in Alabama July 2023
The annual Chesterton Conference this year was a blast! So many amazing speakers and new friendships made. Even some guy was dressed as Chesterton and gave a talk on GK's conversion! Oh wait, that was me! Join the Chesterton society to see that video. I thoroughly enjoyed being Chesterton for a live audience. Thank you Dale Ahlquist and Chuck Chalberg for gracious introduction, we passed the torch, I mean, the cigar!
Here are some pics from that event! Click the Link below for more!
A literal passing of the torch, or in this case, a cigar. One of kindest, most generous, gifted men I have ever met. Chuck Chalberg, the man who paved the road to GK, which I now walk in admiration and respect.
ALSO, CHESTERTON STATION news: We just wrapped production on two new episodes!
The first episode involves Robert Hugh Benson's arrival with those dreaded airships, the Volors from his "Lord of the World" in hot pursuit. Will Chesterton scare them off with his trusty pocket pistol or will this attack take more prayer from each man as they wrestle with being sent on a mission, from God!
The next episode features George MacDonald who along with Chesterton gets a visit from a fairy at the station as both men discover how the vision of imagination is the beginning of seeing with faith, that which may be incomprehensible to the naked eye.
Here are some photos from the shoot!
The immensely talented and scholarly gentleman: Brady Webb, as Robert Hugh Benson!
The angelic and incredibly gifted actor, Cate Stuart as MacDonald's fairy, working out a tricky shot with our director.
It takes a focused and talented actor to stay in the world of the script when a mere six feet away is all cables, cameramen, lights, tours, and much more activity going on all completely unrelated to the scene!
How lucky we were to have this Holy man and generous actor: Martin Watjen, pouring his heart into George MacDonald, as well as so many young souls through his work in evangelization at Franciscan University!
Here are the sorts of normal stuff an actor checks in his luggage, I can't imagine what the fuss was all about!
Why wait until the shows air, here are the shooting scripts! Though fair warning, we did many rewrites everyday of shooting.
John Walker, a professional actor, joins this episode of Uncommon Sense and talks about his own journey through Hollywood and how he eventually ended up taking up the role of playing G.K. Chesterton himself.
Chesterton National Tour
John Walker began portraying Chesterton in 2017. After leaving the professional world of acting in theatre, film and TV for reasons of faith which conflicted with the immorality of the entertainment industry, in 2015 and taking over a dilapidated old monastery farm, (running retreats and farming) I began write a one man show on Chesterton, “The Golden Key.” I had no idea where that project would lead when I started, but after surrendering the project to God, I began to write.
When directs your role Completely unexpectedly I was hired by EWTN, with whom I had no connection, to play Chesterton on “Saints vs. Scoundrels” in a two part episode.
Swept away on God’s river During filming of “Saints vs. Scoundrels” producers began coming into the studio to watch the day to day production work. Completely by surprise I was asked if I had created any other project portraying Chesterton. Telling them about my one man show, suddenly plans were made to film that as a special presentation for EWTN.
By the Grace of God “The Golden Key” was created in a 90 minute on man show, and aired the following year.
God laughs while we make plans But what I thought was the conclusions of the journey was just the beginning.
Holy direction As I began my career teaching at Franciscan University of Steubenville, without warning I sought after for lectures on Chestertonian topics and live Chesterton performances. EWTN turned my one man show into a regular series, “Chesterton Station”, the University asked for a book on my journey to G.K., and the idea of touring Chesterton was born.
Offerings • An evening Chesterton, 45 to 60 minutes. Including a talk in a Chesterton performance recounting the journey of his life; including but not limited to, his childhood, conversion, struggles, career, writings, philosophy, etc. • A talk on my story 45 to 60 minutes, how I came to this Chesterton ministry, my conversion, surrendering to Gods will for your life in the midst of struggles, the journey from Hollywood film and television actor to Franciscan University and Chesterton.
The Mission Man is more himself, man is more manlike, when joy is the fundamental thing in him" GKC The mission of Encounter Chesterton is simply expressed in bringing people to Christ through Chesterton by displaying the man behind the words, with all his wit, wisdom, vulnerability, humility, weakness, sorrow, tragic personal struggles, gratitude and joy.
Contact Please feel free to contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org Or see more of my background on Facebook at John Haynes Walker or Encounter Chesterton or on IMDB as John Haynes Walker