God's Not Dead film to open in select UK cinemas on Good Friday
A new film presenting the case for the existence of God arrives in the UK today (11 April) after taking the USA by storm ...
"It's shaping up to be a year in which Hollywood finds religion, and God's Not Dead delivered that message powerfully." – Susan King, Los Angeles Times
"God's Not Dead is a box-office winner." – USA Today
A new film presenting the case for the existence of God is showing in the UK after taking the United States by storm.
God's Not Dead has been produced by Pure Flix Entertainment and distributed in the UK by Freestyle Releasing and Kingdom Cinemas. It has enjoyed considerable success in America, grossing more than $35 million and enjoying a top-five place in the secular box office for three weeks.
It features a star-studded cast of actors, reality stars and musicians, including Kevin Sorbo (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys), Shane Harper (High School Musical 2), and Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman), with special appearances from Willie and Korie Robertson of TV's Duck Dynasty.
God's Not Dead tells the story of university student and devout Christian Josh Wheaton (Harper), who finds his faith challenged on his first day of philosophy class by the dogmatic Professor Radisson (Sorbo). Radisson begins by informing students that they will need to deny, in writing, the existence of God on their first day. When Josh offers a nervous refusal, Radisson assigns him a daunting task. If he will not admit that "God Is Dead," Josh must then prove God's existence by presenting well-researched, intellectual arguments over the course of the semester, and engage Radisson in a head-to-head debate in front of the class.
The film has been praised by both Christians and non-Christians across America, with Entertainment Weekly dubbing it the "biggest surprise" of its opening weekend.
Russell Wolfe, Managing Partner of Pure Flix Entertainment, said: "Christians are leaving the movie with a renewed motivation to share their faith and to learn how to do so. There have been numerous reports of people responding to the gospel after the movie."
Michael Scott, also Managing Partner added, "We are deeply hopeful that it will inspire a new generation to fulfil 1 Peter 3:15: 'Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect."
When more than 50% of British people claim that they have no religion, (as opposed to 39.5% in the year 2000), the film's arrival is timely. It aims to encourage agnostic viewers to consider the 'God question' from a fresh perspective, whilst helping to strengthen Christians in their expression of the Gospel message.
Dr Rice Broocks, author of the book God's Not Dead, which helped to inspire the movie, has called it a rallying cry for churches to reach believers and non-believers with the Gospel. "It provides reasons to believe, and confidence to take a stand for Christ in an increasingly sceptical society," he says.
George Hargraves, CEO of Kingdom Cinemas said, "This is a breakthrough movie for UK cinema goers. In times past the best of Christian film entertainment would not have reached British Cinemas. We are proud to be associated with this game changer of a film."
God's Not Dead is showing from Good Friday (18 April) at a select group of cinemas, currently Showcase Cinemas in Nottingham, Derby (two cinemas), Peterborough, Walsall, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Coventry, Teesside, Bristol (two cinemas), Reading, Glasgow, Newham, Paisley, Cardiff, Bluewater, Dudley, Leicester.
Find out more at www.godsnotdeadthemovie.co.uk
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