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Hillsong: Let Hope Rise (2016)

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A documentary on the Australia-based band Hillsong and their rise to prominence as an international church.





Credited cast:
Michael Guy Chislett Michael Guy Chislett ... Himself
Matt Crocker Matt Crocker ... Himself
Adam Crosariol Adam Crosariol ... Himself
Jonathon Douglass Jonathon Douglass ... Himself (as JD)
Jad Gillies Jad Gillies ... Himself
Bobbie Houston Bobbie Houston ... Herself
Brian Houston Brian Houston ... Himself
Joel Houston Joel Houston ... Himself
Simon Kobler Simon Kobler ... Himself
Taya Smith Taya Smith ... Herself
Benjamin Tennikoff Benjamin Tennikoff ... Himself
Dylan Thomas Dylan Thomas ... Himself


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.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some thematic elements | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

16 September 2016 (USA) See more »


Box Office


$800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,357,243, 16 September 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$2,379,745, 16 October 2016
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Senior Pastor Brian Houston first announced the release of this movie at Hillsong Conference in Sydney, 2014. The teaser trailer was also shown on that night. See more »


Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace)
Written by Joel Houston & Jonas Myrin
Performed by Taya Smith
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Next best thing to seeing Hillsong United in concert
29 June 2017 | by jacobs-greenwoodSee all my reviews

This is a documentary that spends a lot of time informing its audience about the backgrounds of the titled worship group's members, their faith lives, families and the creative process. But it also gives a very real sense of what it must be like to see Hillsong United in concert, albeit without the full spiritual experience, which makes it worthwhile for fans of the group, praise and/or contemporary Christian music.

While I was familiar with the group and many of its songs, I did not know (until after I watched this film, wondered why certain members weren't in it, and did some rudimentary research) that Hillsong has multiple worship 'teams' including Hillsong Worship, which is not represented in the movie (though there is some member and creative overlap).

From its website, Hillsong United is "Committed to creating a musical expression that is almost uncomfortable in its uniqueness, our mission is to write songs that awaken churches and individuals to the fact that we are redeemed and called into the story of God". It is certainly evident in watching this documentary that the group is fulfilling its mission.

There is also a fabulous sequence just 20+ minutes into the movie: a composite version of "Mighty to Save", which you can find on the group's Hillsong Movie youtube channel, that's not to be missed.

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