A documentary on the Australia-based band, Hillsong, and their rise to prominence as an international church. Capturing the on-stage energy and off-stage hearts of the Australia-based band, Hillsong United, “Hillsong – Let Hope Rise” is a new motion-picture genre: the theatrical worship experience. The film explores Hillsong’s humble beginnings and astonishing rise to prominence as an international church whose songs are sung every Sunday by more than 50 million people worldwide.
“Hillsong – Let Hope Rise” is an inspiring documentary, which beautifully chronicles the power of the gospel in song and in worship. Brian Houston founded the Hillsong church with his wife. Now their son, Joel, is a worship leader, along with several other talented musicians and singers. The group has no egos or “big me,” “little you” attitudes. They share a common humility and commitment to the Lord. Their worship reaches thousands, and they have become an international worship group, having traveled to Brazil, Africa, and other far-flung corners of the Earth, including the Forum in Los Angeles. They have, in addition, produced several CDs.
This compelling dramatic documentary shows the singers and musicians with their families at home, as they deal with difficulties like everyone else. They also embrace the family time they have and make a priority to see their wives and children, because they are often busy or on the road. The band’s members mention that no one becomes a church worship team member to make money. However, although the pay isn’t sky high, the lives they touch makes a powerful impact not only on others, but in their own personal lives. The lyrics of the band are amazing and include those about trusting God without borders and that Jesus’ blood reaching into the grave and giving life to the lost who are facing death.
Worship team members, such as Taya Smith, are interviewed. Her story is fascinating, as she was down to her last $200 and owed rent, when the opportunity came for her to be a part of Hillsong. She now has performed for thousands, and she comments that this was all done “by a country girl!”
The music is amazing and uplifting, and the worship team members are unbelievably devoted, as they are shown practicing in one scene in the film at 3:36 a.m. before a concert the following night. Surely those who watch this wonderful film will be lifted up to a higher spiritual place in Christ. We are exuberantly awarding this film our “Faith-Friendly” Seal for all ages. We are awarding it five Doves as well, our highest rating. “Hillsong – Let Hope Rise” will put you in a good mood or keep you in one!