Tue Oct 25, 3:30 PM
Director: Fergus Grady, Noel Smyth
New Zealand, Australia
89 minutes
Unclassified 15+

An exposé of New Zealand’s most infamous cult.

Since 1969, Gloriavale Christian Community has operated in isolated secrecy on the western coast of New Zealand’s South Island. A self-described New Testament society based on traditional values, survivor John Ready calls the 600-strong group a “people-destroying machine.” John, his sister Virginia and others who have left, engage a methodical legal team as they lift the lid on reports of slavery abuse and fraud within the organisation and their patriarchal leadership called “the Shepherds.” This is no sensationalised hit piece, but a calm, determined, chilling but absolutely engrossing examination of the group founded by Australian evangelist and convicted sexual abuser Neville Cooper, aka “Hopeful Christian”.

"Enlightening, heartrending, rage-inducing.” (stuff.co.nz)

“A heartbreaking tale of faith betrayed" (Flicks)

Film Type Documentary
Program Strand World Documentary
Language English
Director Fergus Grady, Noel Smyth
Producer Fergus Grady, Noel Smyth, Richard Fletcher
Writer Jack Vanzet
Cinematographer Gareth Moon, Noel Smyth
Editor Gareth Moon, Noel Smyth, Noel Smyth, Ramon Watkins
Music Jack Vanzet