LORD OF THE RINGS Actor Jonathan Rhys-Davies’ New Movie Has Lots of Faith Content
By Tess Farrand, Associate Content Editor
LORD OF THE RINGS Actor Jonathan Rhys-Davies stars as Saint Patrick in the new faith-filled movie I AM PATRICK.
Davies recently attended the Movieguide Awards®, where his animated faith movie THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS was honored.
While on the red carpet, Davies told the Christian Post, “I count myself a rationalist and a skeptic, and I find myself constantly defending Christians and Christianity.” He continued, “We seem to forget that Christian civilization has made the world a better place than it ever was.”
Fathom Events will screen I AM PATRICK across the U.S on March 16-17, 2020. Fathom Events shares details about the plot on their website:
I AM PATRICK is a feature-length docudrama that peels back centuries of legend and myth to tell the true story of Saint Patrick. Through historical re-enactments, expert interviews, and Patrick’s own writings, experience the journey from man to saint.
In the 5th century, the Roman empire was collapsing, and barbarians threatened civilization. In Britain, a teenager named Patrick was living a comfortable life as the son of a government official. Despite being part of the Roman Catholic Church, his faith didn’t mean anything to him until he was kidnapped by pirates at the age of 16 and enslaved at the edge of the known world – Ireland.
For 6 years, Patrick was forced to work as a shepherd and was driven to the brink of starvation. It was there that he turned to his Christian faith and through divine intervention managed to escape. He was reunited with his family in Britain only to have a prophetic dream calling him to take Christianity back to the land of his captivity.
Against the wishes of his family and the Church, Patrick returned as a missionary bishop to Ireland and converted thousands to Christianity. He opposed slavers, Irish kings, and possibly druids but nothing compared to the hostility he faced from his fellow Christians. After a close friend exposed a dark secret of Patrick’s, it is believed he was ordered to leave his mission and return to Britain.
Patrick had to choose – obey God or obey man?
The movie is already receiving positive feedback.
Lisa M. Hendey, author of “The Secret of the Shamrock” said, “Faithfully rooted in his own writings and historically accurate storytelling, I AM PATRICK offers a compelling look at the saint often called ‘The Apostle of Ireland.’ St. Patrick overcame his own failings and experienced a challenging yet profound conversion and then devoted his life to share the Gospel with zeal, joy and love. This film tells his story with truth, candor and beauty.”
“I AM PATRICK is a solid attempt to bring the extraordinary life of the Emerald Isle’s apostle to today’s viewers,” said Sr. Helena Raphael Burns, movie reviewer for Life Teen & The Catholic Channel–Sirius XM. “The strong takeaway is the almost unbelievable hardships Patrick endured, as well as his transformation from a nominal Christian to a close friend of God during his times of extreme privation. There is much for us to imitate regarding his profound prayer life and zeal for souls!”
Stay tuned for Movieguide®’s full review.
Watch Rhys-Davis in the Movieguide® Awards on Hallmark Drama, Feb. 24 at 11 p.m. EST/PST. You can stream it on Hallmark Everywhere apps on Feb. 25!
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