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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)
8 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »




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 ... Joshua Himes
Kate Hurman Kate Hurman ... Lucy Miller
Mark Slacke Mark Slacke ... Hiram Edson
Mercedes Papalia 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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Release Date:

22 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

How It All Began See more »

Filming Locations:

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada See more »


Box Office


AUD 6,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »

Alternate Versions

There is a version of the feature turned into a 6-episode miniseries, to be aired in the Hope Channel around the world. See more »

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The great disappointment
27 November 2016 | by mikahulaSee all my reviews

We are urged to get a copy of Tell The World and the Great Disappointment of 1844 BUT what about the Directors Great Disappointment of 2015. Producers hang your heads in shame for ruining an excellent story line in this movie. It is not hard to pick the professional version. Well done to Kyle for his passion, dedication and hard work. What a great pity nobody gets to see his version. The lengths some Producers go to for recognition and self gratification. Again I say Shame on you Producers. The movie was factual but could have done without the hot air balloons. The acting was superb and brilliantly directed. The length of the producers version is far too lengthy.

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