THE PARABLES RETOLD
A new series of short films that retell the parables of Jesus to the audience of today
We want to make the life-changing parables of Jesus contextually relevant to the audience of today using the most powerful communication tool we have; film.
What do I mean by that? If Jesus was to tell the same parables to us today, what characters would He use? What settings? In no way are these meant to replace the parables of the Bible, these films are meant to connect people to them.
The Hidden Treasure
Pre-Production & Fundraising
Based on the parable found in Matthew 13, this follows a family who seem to have everything they could need. Good jobs, education, a nice house, a great car, but when Mark stumbles over a buried treasure in a field on his morning run his world is turned upside down.
He discovers that the local Farmer is selling the field, but the price is unlike anything he has ever heard. Will he and his family choose the wise security of life, or will they foolishly risk it all for a box in a field?
The Good Samaritan
Final Stages of Development
Based on the parable found in Luke 10, this film takes us into the shoes of a white supremacist on his way to a white-power march through the streets of London. However, on his way, he is intercepted by a group of youth who rob him, beat him and leave him for dead in a dark and dingy alleyway.
Desperately grasping at life, James is ignored by those he trusted most and when help comes from the most unexpected of places will he be able to accept the help or drive his saviour away?
The Talents, found in Matthew 25:14-30, is retold with three pianists taking centre stage. Their Maestro takes leave and sends the three pianists into the world to make a life for themselves with talents they have gained.
But when things don't go their way, will they give up or try even harder?
The Rich Fool
Script Writing Stage
Luke 12:16-21 tells the story of a rich fool, and the film puts it into our modern medicinal world with a young woman finding a cure for cancer universally.
She has the world at her hands, but what will she choose to do with it?
Based on the parable found in Matthew 13, this film tells the story of four individuals who each receive a mysterious gift on their doorstep. From the moment they see it, they are intercepted by a Mysterious Man who's sole ambition seems to be to take their gifts away through deception, persuasion and fear.
Each of the four heroes have their own vices, but will they be able to keep the unexpected gift over everything life throws at them?
Last October we gathered a group of pastors and ministry leaders to watch the pilot of The Good Samaritan and to try out a sample of the accompanying study guide for feedback. What we didn't expect was the scope of their ideas a suggestions...
- Teaching Pastors wanted to use the films and bible studies in their small groups (especially to challenge preconceptions of older generations)
- Youth Pastors suggested using the films within their sermons to then jump into further discussions with their youth groups
- Others said these films had a place within schools on an RE syllabus to aid classes in what Jesus taught.
We also showed the film to a youth group (over sixty people) after some rowdy games. As soon as it started everyone was quiet and watched intently as the parables of the Jesus were brought to life on screen before them in a relevant way that they could more easily understand, freeing them to talk about the parable afterwards with greater understanding.
We want these films to be available to everyone. Everywhere. And that's why we will release them on YouTube; for everyone to watch on their phones, tablets, computers and TVs.
Take a look at what these pastors and ministry leaders had to say after watching The Good Samaritan Pilot and going through the study guide.
Pastor Nick Hughes
Senior Pastor, Emmanuel Gateway
"I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed it for it's contemporary, relevant setting and professional production - and that's just an unfunded pilot!"
Pastor Michael Duah
Youth Pastor, ECCi Walthamstow
"To have a resource that brings the Bible off pages and into life is a very good thing. It will make a great discipleship and evangelistic tool."
Director, ArtlessTheatre Company
"We need to be relevant in this day and age with this multi-media saturated world. This is an amazing tool to be used to open up the minds of young people for the gospel."
Film making is not cheap, but with a skeleton crew and jam-packed filming days we can produce each film for about £5000 each. The majority of the finance will go into the actual production of the films. We'll be casting professional actors, hiring sound designers and paying our film crew. That may not look like much at a first glance but each film will have a team of at least ten people (cast and crew) during shoot days, for a week of filming per parable, for five films. It adds up.
Then a small budget to go towards our post-production team to get it all looking and sounding beautiful.
The pre-production? ...that’ll be a lot of voluntary late nights!
You may be asking why there is a download version of the films, which you have to pay for, when all the films will be released on YouTube for free?
That's because the YouTube versions are for everyone to watch privately, for their own enjoyment or study. However, if you are a pastor or ministry leader and want to show one or more of the films publicly, then you would need to purchase a Licensed Version which comes without any watermarks.
Please share this page on your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Email lists and anywhere else you can. We want this to reach as many people as possible so we can make this series happen.
And most importantly, please pray for us. Not only for the fundraising campaign, but also for the production itself. We will be working with people from all walks of life and we want to represent Jesus in all that we do.
That's why it's our mission statement. To roar the light of Christ on and off the screen.
The whole series will freely available on YouTube, accessible to anywhere in the world. DVDs will be available for purchase for study groups, worship gatherings and personal use.
The Parables Retold will have it's own bible study where small groups can explore each story, the different character's perspectives and the biblical context from which the films are based on.
Small Groups, Schools & Sermons
Everyone who has seen the pilot of The Good Samaritan so far have agreed that these types of films would be perfect in small group settings, sermon series intros and in schools for assemblies or as part of an RE syllabus.
HELP MAKE IT HAPPEN
As you know, films cost a lot of money to produce. Even short ones.
roarlight is a new company, and we don't yet have the financial resources to make this series ourselves and so we're asking those that want to see a greater presence of Christian media in the UK entertainment industry to help.
We are currently crowdfunding for THE SOWER which you can back right now! We are so very grateful for all your help.
We would also love and come to talk to you and your church/ministry/organisation about the series.
If you'd like to arrange a meeting or want more information please send us an email at: