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In 19th Century New England, the lives of a diverse group of people collide through interweaving stories of despair, identity, faith, hope and trust.


Kyle Portbury


Aaron Hartzler (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Lake ... William Miller
Tommie-Amber Pirie ... Ellen Harmon (White)
Stephen MacDonald Stephen MacDonald ... James White
Timothy Paul Coderre ... Joseph Bates
Michael Mancini Michael Mancini ... Joshua Himes
Kate Hurman Kate Hurman ... Lucy Miller
Mark Slacke Mark Slacke ... Hiram Edson
Mercedes Papalia ... Elizabeth Harmon
Meghanne Kessels ... Sarah Harmon
Guy Buller ... Otis Nichols
Teri Loretto ... Mary Nichols
Trie Donovan ... Prudence Bates
Mac Low ... Young Sally Miller
Sean Tucker ... Mr. Sargent
Jennilee Murray ... Delight Oakes


Set against a backdrop of the social, political and spiritual upheaval in 19th century New England, Tell the World, recounts the true story of a diverse group of people, whose lives intertwine as they wrestle with biblical prophecies. They interpret this to mean the imminent return of the Messiah, the Second Advent of Jesus Christ. Their hopes soon turn to despair when Christ does not return on the calculated date. Awakening the next day they discover their world is in chaos. Written by Kyle Portbury

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Before belief there is trust.


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There are two versions of this production being released. One is the full length feature film, and the second is a mini-series divided into 6 episodes. See more »

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Producers Cut does not respect the audience. Let me see the Directors Cut!
19 September 2016 | by brindley_celikSee all my reviews

Before seeing Tell the World I didn't have much expectations but I was amazed by the production and was eager to see how the film would play itself out. Unfortunately the producers had the final say in post-production and added an extra hour of boredom to the film.

The problem was that there was too much to digest in one sitting. 2 in a half hours! I felt this should of been a two part film at least. It was as if the producers wanted to get every detail, and every date exactly right at the cost of the audience attention span.

The only interesting part of the movie was when the two 'main' characters William Miller and Ellen White had their stories shared on screen. It had a good contrast and kept me interested. However Miller's story at the beginning and White's story at the end dragged on terribly. People began to sleep when we viewed it in our church hall. If I wanted to know every detail and date of what happen in Ellen's life I'd read a history book or watch a documentary.

I was also constantly spammed with dates and locations and as a viewer I had to calculate how many years had passed while trying to absorb the overwhelming amount of scenes (200+). Literally there would be a new date, and one conversation within the scene and then the next date with a new scene. No respect for pacing.

As a film, Tell the World over delivers and tells too much that an Adventist or Non-Adventist would struggle to sit through.


Producers felt the need to put in every detail and date and ended up making a boring sequence of events rather than a feature film with interesting characters to develop the story. Give it back to the Director. That's their job.

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22 October 2016 (USA) See more »

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada See more »


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AUD6,000,000 (estimated)
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