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Multi-lingual films of gospels launched

The multi-million pound Lumo Project was unveiled at Southwark Cathedral in London last week, offering four films on the four Gospels, taking the Biblical text as a narrated script …

The multi-million pound Lumo Project was unveiled at Southwark Cathedral in London last week, offering four films on the four Gospels, taking the Biblical text as a narrated script …

Big Book Media and Toy Gun Films have spent five years putting the project together, which features actor Selva Rasalingam in the role of Jesus, and different Bible translations narrated by Brian Cox, David Harewood, Richard E Grant and Sir Derek Jacobi.

First to be seen is the Gospel of John, to be available in the USA through Netflix this month, and in Europe, Australasia, Japan and South America from Easter next year. The three remaining films will debut over the next two years.

Produced by Hannah Leader (Gosford Park, Lucky Slevin, Edge of Love, The Christmas Candle) and directed by award-winning documentary specialist David Batty (BBC1's The Story of Jesus, Channel 4's Christianity: A History, plus The Battle for the Holy Land: Jerusalem), the films' ground-breaking approach – live action but with a narrator – means they can be reproduced in any language, using any Bible version, making the story of Jesus accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world.

Plans are for the films to be both an outreach resource, and an educational tool that can promote biblical literacy.

The project is the realisation of a dream for Hannah Leader, as a film producer and Sunday School teacher: "I started Lumo to bring the two parts of my life together. On the one hand I was a feature film professional and on the other a Christian, but the two lives never touched. This project brought them together.

"Everywhere I looked, all I found were second-rate film resources and it was so unfair. The children I taught deserved so much better. They could go to the cinema and watch their superheroes in 3D, yet when they came to church, all I could offer them was poorly produced cartoons."

Filmed in Morocco, the films made extensive use of local people for the cast, delivering a more authentic representation of the Middle East setting for the gospels.

Find out more at www.lumoproject.com

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