Cedars students, Isaac Ellis Year 7 and his brother Campbell Year 9 were very excited to be actors in the inspirational movie about Australian Christian missionary Graham Staines (Stephen Baldwin), “The Least of These.” A touching movie about forgiveness which is being screened from Thursday 16 May in Shellharbour Event Cinemas.
The Ellis family lived in India for four years and the two boys (and their sister) auditioned for the part of three Australian children to be actors in the movie. They were selected and filming took place from 2013 – mid 2015. The children loved the experience and are very excited to see themselves on the big screen.
Reviews from the movie’s pre screening recently have given the film 5 stars with 100% of the audience highly recommending the movie.
As the social fabric of life in rural India disintegrates in the late 1990s, journalist Manav Banerjee (Sharman Joshi) moves with his pregnant wife to the town of Orissa in hope of a better life and the promise of a lucrative career. When speculation mounts that local Australian missionary Graham Staines (Stephen Baldwin) is illegally proselytizing leprosy patients, Manav agrees to investigate undercover for the newspaper.
What he finds is a series of revelations that are difficult to fathom and even harder to explain, and Manav is forced to make a choice between his own ambition and the truth. In the end, his actions spark a tragic event that is felt around the world.
Based on a true story and shot on location in India, THE LEAST OF THESE beautifully illustrates the power of love, hope and forgiveness to overcome hate. Aneesh Daniel directs the film, featuring Stephen Baldwin, Shari Rigby, and Bollywood star Sharman Joshi with an original soundtrack including award-winning musical artists such as Michael W. Smith, Nicole C Mullen and Toby Mac.