Relativity Studios has agreed to distribute the upcoming faith-based film Hillsong–Let Hope Rise, which chronicles the unlikely rise of the Australian Christian band Hillsong United, which averages an estimated 50 million listeners on any given Sunday.
Relativity’s Matt Alvarez told Deadline Wednesday that the studio is excited about the film, which tells of the journey of the band’s origins in 1998 as a hobby for the Australian megachurch Hillsong’s youth group, which has since found global success.
“We are excited to share Hillsong — Let Hope Rise with moviegoers across the United States. Chronicling this Christian band’s humble beginnings to their present day worldwide ministry is truly remarkable and worthy of their story being told on the big screen,” Alvarez said.
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The internationally acclaimed music group, with 10 million Facebook fans and over 16 million albums sold, is headed by Joel Houston, the son of Hillsong founders Brian and Bobbie Houston. He told the Christian Post:
The crazy thing about this movie is none of us really took it seriously in the beginning. But, you know what? The thing about Hillsong United and Hillsong Church is that God took some pretty ordinary kids and some pretty ordinary people, and over 30 years has actually done something quite significant. It’s something none of us could have done on our own.
Hillsong United’s third studio album, titled Zion, peaked at No. 1 on Christian album charts in Australia, the U.S., and the U.K. in 2013, according to the Post.
Houston, who is co-pastor of Hillsong’s New York City location, previously told the Post that the band’s goals never included mass appeal, but to simply share its faith.
“I’m not trying to write songs that are cool or hip, or that keep up to date with whatever is out there on the radio,” said Houson. “We’re genuinely just trying to write songs that are honest reflections of a creative God and music that helps people connect with God.”
Hillsong megachurch has worship centers around the world, with more than 100,000 weekly visitors, including locations in New York and Los Angeles.
Hillsong — Let Hope Rise will make its U.S. debut on May 29.
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