'Let Hope Rise' Movie Being Filmed About Hillsong United

Jul 01 2014

A feature-length movie documentary about Australian worship sensation Hillsong United has been announced today. 'Let Hope Rise' is being made by Warner Bros. Pictures and Alcon Entertainment for worldwide release on 3rd April 2015.

The movie follows the remarkable journey of Hillsong United from youth worship band to worldwide sensation, routinely performing sold-out stadium concerts and selling more than 16 million albums all over the world.

Led by Joel Houston, son of Hillsong Church founders Brian and Bobbie Houston, all of Hillsong UNITED's 11-member band are volunteers or employees of the church. Their songs are so popular it is estimated that on any given Sunday, more than 30 million churchgoers around the world are singing one of Hillsong's worship songs.

"With songs like Mighty to Save, Oceans, Hosanna and From the Inside Out, anyone who regularly attends a church knows Hillsong's music by heart. That's how influential they've become," Jonathan Bock of Grace Hill Media said.

"And yet despite the fame and adulation, they're still just a simple worship band trying to do what tens of thousands of other worship bands try to do every week - glorify God through their music. How they balance that is a fascinating and surprising story."

The filmmakers will follow the band as it completes its current tour and prepares to record its next album. The film will marry live concert footage with a narrative structure.

"It's a little weird and a lot humbling to have a movie made about us," Joel Houston said. "But we didn't say 'yes' to this to draw attention to ourselves. It's our hope that by sharing an up-close and unvarnished look inside our music and lives, we can shatter pre-conceived notions of what it means to follow Jesus in today's modern world."

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