New York, NY (June 17, 2022)
Following a limited theatrical release that garnered over $3 million in box office sales, The Most Reluctant Convert: The Untold Story of C.S. Lewis continues to roll out on DVD, Blu-ray, and streaming via home entertainment platforms. After achieving the #4 spot on the Apple TV Independent Film Chart and #12 on the Amazon DVD Sales Chart, the film is now launching on Amazon Prime Streaming.
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Originally set to release as a one-night-only event, the independent faith-based film project found energetic support from ticket-buyers eager to experience The Most Reluctant Convert on the big screen. This allowed the project to stay in theaters a full month past the initial release date, and earned over $3M at the box office.
Created by Fellowship for Performing Arts (FPA) and directed and written by two-time Emmy and BAFTA winner Norman Stone (Shadowlands), the film brings to life the spiritual evolution of one of the 20th century’s sharpest minds and keenest wits.
In The Most Reluctant Convert, an elder C.S. Lewis looks back on his remarkable journey from hard-boiled atheist to becoming as he said, “the most reluctant convert in all England.” The film features McLean as the older Lewis and Nicholas Ralph, breakout star of PBS Masterpiece’s All Creatures Great and Small, as the younger Lewis. Beautifully filmed in and around Oxford, this engaging biopic follows the journey of the creator of The Chronicles of Narnia from the tragic death of his mother when he was just nine years old, through his strained relationship with his father, to the nightmare of the trenches of World War I, to Oxford University, where friends like J.R.R. Tolkien challenged his unbelief.
The film is based on the hit stage play C.S. Lewis on Stage: The Most Reluctant Convert, adapted by and starring Max McLean (Mark’s Gospel – Jeff Award, The Screwtape Letters). Before the pandemic, it had been performed 287 times in 64 cities since its 2016 premiere. With extended runs in New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C., The Most Reluctant Convert has been seen by more than 100,000 people. The play and the film are based primarily on Lewis’ memoir, Surprised by Joy, which is licensed from The C.S. Lewis Company.
The film is produced by Fellowship for Performing Arts in association with 1A Productions.