Hillsong Church in Australia has over 10,000 followers. And what started out as a small Christian youth band has now become a megastar worship band called Hillsong United that sells out concerts worldwide. The movie “Hillsong: Let Hope Rise” gives you an up-close and personal look into their amazing rise to stardom.
Thousands of fans jam to their music at concerts, but Hillsong United says don’t call them rock stars. They’re just God’s instruments.
Dylan Thomas, Hillsong United guitarist: “It’s so cool because it’s not about the band, it’s about the music. And so for us, we truly pray and we truly believe that God’s breathing this music into us.”
Joel Houston, Hillsong United guitarist: “We kind of found our way using what we’re passionate about, which is music, creativity, expression to help people experience the beauty who God is.”
And the faith-based Australian band shares that passion for Christ in “Hillsong: Let Hope Rise.”
Jonathon Douglass, Hillsong United singer: The cool thing is that ‘Let Hope Rise’ kind of morphed into this whole new genre that it’s being called a theatrical worship experience.”
The film takes you on the group’s musical journey — from their humble beginnings to their rise to fame.
Jonathon Douglass: “It really is the journey about, you know, a bunch of guys and girls that really trusted in God and are passionate about music and have faith in God and really just wanting to do our best for Him.”
Jad Gillies, Hillsong United guitarist: “We’re the most ordinary guys you’re gonna meet. I mean we like to have fun, but we’re ordinary.”
Shooting the movie meant having cameras in their face all day long … something they had to get used to.
Taya Smith, Hillsong United singer: “I just pretend that they weren’t there. I felt so bad because after I was like, ‘Just so you know, I’m not ignoring you, but I just need to pretend that you’re not here so that I can act normal.'”
Dylan Thomas: “There are a few moments like that, but then I slowly get used to it, but you still don’t. It’s kinda like that. It’s weird.”
But they eventually got over it.
Jonathon Douglass: “For us, we had no idea exactly how this would pan out, but it’s been incredible.”
“Hillsong: Let Hope Rise” hits theaters Friday, Sept. 16.
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