A message from the Faith Film Festival presented by HOYTS and HERITAGE FILMS
In light of the recent announcements and guidelines by the Australian Government, the inaugural Faith Film Festival presented by HOYTS cinemas and Heritage Films will no longer take place from April 5 -29 and will be post-poned to a later date.
The Passion of the Christ screenings will be post-poned and planned for closer to Easter 2021.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your support and patience during this difficult time.
We promise to deliver a bigger and strong program in the future. We are working hard behind the scenes and looking into the best possible options to deliver content to our audiences across Australia.
Stay safe, stay healthy and stay hopeful!
Jessica Khoury, Jonathan Bailey and Rod Hopping
Faith Film Festival Team
The film is based on a best-selling memoir of the same name, co-written by Moore, Hall and Lynn Vincent, that has sold over a million copies.
In brief: in 1998, millionaire art dealer Ron Hall, a Texan, father of two and an adulterer, promised he’d do anything to win back his wife Debbie. She gave him a challenge: help her feed the homeless at Fort Worth’s Union Gospel Mission and befriend the scariest man on the block, an ex-felon and murderer named Denver “Suicide” Moore.
What it’s not, Ron says, is a story about a wealthy “art dealer millionaire that saved this poor, African-American homeless man. Nothing could be further from the truth. This man saved me from myself.” Moore “became my mentor in life. He taught me the way to live, not the other way around. He saved me from being an arrogant, self-centered art dealer, to becoming someone who actually cares about the well-being of others.”
It started with the adultery that Debbie forgave. In return, her husband pledged to do anything she asked him to do. Debbie agreed to never again mention his infidelity, and, he says, “she was true to that promise.” For at least a decade, Debbie asked not a single thing of Hall — until she did. She awoke one night, telling him about a dream she had had, about “a poor man who’s wise, and through his wisdom, our lives and our city are changed forever.”
He and Debbie cruised the toughest streets of Cowtown, looking for the man in her dream. They ended up at Union Gospel Mission, where Hall and his wife offered to serve food to the homeless and hungry waiting in line. “The smell,” Hall says, “just took me down. It was so nasty.” It's where he met Moore. The story of their relationship forms the backbone of the book and the movie.
Moore moved in with Hall in 2000, the year Debbie died of cancer. Moore gave the eulogy at her funeral. Hall calls it "one of the most beautiful, heartfelt speeches I've ever heard," saying it drew a prolonged standing ovation from a crowd of nearly 1,000.
In 2012, Moore died. "By then, he and I had become closer than brothers," Hall says. “When he moved in with me, he had nothing. But he gave me everything.”
Together, he and Denver helped to raise a reported $90 million (according to Ron Hall) for homeless shelters across the country—a remarkable harvest reaped from the seeds planted by his wife's simple-but-profound love.
Read more: Dallas News
“A must-see movie, with valuable lessons about Christian faith and love”
"The performances by Kinnear, Zellweger and especially Hounsou sneak up on you, building to an emotional, but not overstated climax”
—Los Angeles Times
“This profound story reminds us that no matter how deep the differences that separate us, just a bit of love may help us to see others' dignity instead of choosing not to see them at all”
“A powerful, inspiring drama”
“Heartfelt and well-made”
—Common Sense Media
“A lot of love has obviously been poured into this film”
“Lovely, life-affirming, uplifting”
—The Chicago Sun Times