Rachel and I enjoy films, and one of the more pleasant things about life in lockdown is the chance to watch plenty of movies at home. Now that we’re likely to be in another season of staying in, you might like to try watching some of the six films listed here, all of which we watched in 2020 and thoroughly recommend. The inspiring stories are based on the lives of courageous, real men (and, yes, we need more films about women!) – men who are not members of the clergy, not “professional” Christians, but are (or were) quietly living out their Christian faith in their personal and professional lives, despite significant cost and adversity, to bring positive change in the world. I hope we can be inspired by their vision and bravery in the challenges we face in 2021.
Amazing Grace (PG, 2006) – the story of William Wilberforce, portrayed by Ioan Gruffudd, and the tireless efforts of him and others around him to abolish slavery in the British Empire in the early-19th Century.
Marvellous (15, 2014) – Toby Jones stars as Neil Baldwin, a man who shrugs off his perceived limitations to achieve great things and bring joy to people, including as the kit man and mascot of Stoke City FC.
Hacksaw Ridge (15, 2016) – the story of World War II American Army Medic Desmond Doss who joins the army to help the war effort, and yet refuses to carry or use a gun because of his stance as a pacifist.
Dark Waters (12A, 2019) – Mark Ruffalo portrays lawyer Rob Bilott who uncovers the truth of industrial environmental pollution by the DuPont corporation, and faces a sustained backlash as he seeks answers.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (PG, 2019) – Tom Hanks portrays the late Fred Rogers, a much-loved, gentle and kind American TV personality, who hosted a heart-warming kids show from 1968 to 2001.
Just Mercy (12A, 2019) – Based on the book of the same name, the story of Bryan Stevenson, a civil rights lawyer who works to free wrongly convicted prisoners facing the death penalty in the USA.