‘I never thought I was being used as a slave’: Documentary on infamous Gloriavale set for release

‘I never thought I was being used as a slave’: Documentary on infamous Gloriavale set for release
Gloriavale tells the gripping and shocking tale of New Zealand's infamous and secretive religious group, founded by Australian evangelist Neville Cooper. 

Directed by Noel Smyth and Fergus Grady, Gloriavale premiered at the New Zealand International Film Festival in 2022, becoming one of the most talked about films of the year.

“Bringing this film to life has been a lesson in perseverance,” says the Australian New Zealand director duo. “After overcoming lockdowns, legal dramas, new babies, and a whole myriad of other challenges, we are so happy to finally be bringing the film to audiences. Like we were, I think they will be shocked to learn of what’s been going on so close to home.”

As described in the synopsis, the documentary examines the “widespread abuse” inside the Gloriavale Christian Community.

“With unprecedented access to the notoriously secretive community, the filmmakers follow a lone family as they mount a ground-breaking legal case against the cult’s powerful leaders. The true extent of Gloriavale’s crimes and the cruelty of its leaders is exposed as the Ready family risk losing their home, their community and those they love for a chance to bring positive change to Gloriavale.”

The film is set to arrive in cinemas on Thursday 3 November.

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