The Gospel of Us 2012

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Easter. Port Talbot is in a battle for its life. Authoritarian forces have taken over and the town is in thrall to ICU, a sinister and merciless corporation depleting the town of its resources with scant regard for the residents. The atmosphere is explosive. Resistance is inevitable. When a company man and suicide bomber clash on the beach, catastrophe is only averted by the intervention of a softly spoken man who had disappeared 40 days earlier. Revealed later as the Teacher (Michael Sheen), he attracts followers and becomes a focus for the Resistance. His influence quickly draws the attention of ICU, who perceive him as a danger who must be removed at all costs...

Starring:
Michael Sheen
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Gospel of Us

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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Starring Michael Sheen
Director Dave McKean
Genres Drama
Studio ELEVATION SALES
Rental release 9 July 2012
Main languages English

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By lovinrunnin on 9 July 2012
Format: DVD
I saw The Passion in Port Talbot on the television and found it really moving, and frightening in parts. When it came to the film I wasn't sure if they were going to be able to capture the same level of emotion . The film however does that ,and more . I am pleased I was able to see it at the cinema but will also be buying a copy of this and recommending it to all my friends . It must have been an amazing experience to be a part of .
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By londonknight on 9 July 2012
Format: DVD
The Gospel Of Us is an incredible piece of filmmaking shot over just three days during Easter 2011.

Of course, most films that have Michael Sheen involved are worth watching, but this is something special. Set with the industrial town of Port Talbot as its backdrop, the film shares a collective consciousness, a Legion as it were.

Sheen sizzles in his role as The Teacher, possibly one of his greatest performances. The rest of the cast, both amateur and professional all connect with the story. This is their story, their lives, their town. And now it is their film.

A truly beautiful film and a masterclass in editing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jasmine Grant on 9 Aug 2012
Format: DVD
I can't quite describe the feeling I evoked from this film. all I can say is it has stayed with me since I saw it 2 months ago. As one other reviewer describes its a more visceral experience than an intellectual one. By that I mean that i was completely drawn in from the start, not quite knowing what was going on but charmed and intrigued all the same.Th eteacher (sheen)says 'tell me your story'. How often do people want to know YOUR story? In a world where we're surrounded by people who talk and don't listen this is refreshing. The title speaks for itself referring to the 'gospel of us' the bible is a story, but as humans we all have a story that's often left untold when we die. The music is sensational, the 'scratchy' sound of the violins and the many scriptual vignettes provoked a curiosity in me and drew me in. Whats so fascinating about this film is the realism of the characters, the humanness of them but the surreal way its been edited. Even if you don't quite understand the meaning behind the story it doesn't matter. What's real is the emotions of the characters dark and light. Its a story about good and evil and the struggle to understand life. This is a film that can bring different emotions and reactions depending on your mood and circumstances at the time. The film can take you where you want to go and can be interpreted in any way you choose. All i would say is just watch it with an open mind and heart and you'll get the best from this. I've read some other reviewers who say it satirises the bible and creationism, however if you simply enjoy it for what it is (a film) and don;t try to intellectualise it you may just enjoy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Drew MacG on 11 Aug 2012
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Dave McKean has produced both a visually stunning and engrossing film of Martin Sheen's passion play "The Gospel of Us". Sheen's take on the passion play is a modern day retelling set in (and starring) his home town of Port Talbot. Topical political and commercial issues are dealt with alongside the structure of the age old, yet timeless, story of the passion play. Dealing with both the destruction and hopeful resurrection of the town of Port Talbot (and its residents), and the individual "teacher", who suffering from amnesia after a mental breakdown, is a crucified and reborn. The film is definitely worth two or three viewings to ensure that all aspects of this multi-levelled, tapestry of faith, love, denial and destruction are all discovered. The additional short film by Dave McKean featuring the industrial and rural landscapes of Port Talbot is both visually and sonically beautiful. This is intelligent film making and story telling and is a welcome escape from the daily servings of dross and pap that are served up by TV and Hollywood. Highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pudmeister on 8 July 2012
Format: DVD
This film is an amazing feast for the senses and in a very visceral sense beautiful. Other reviewers have outlined the basic promise for the film, I just wanted to add my voice to the 'for gods sake what are you waiting for watch it' group. So often, because I love the world of cinema I feed & escape into a world of celluloid which is 'edited sanitised' directing my emotions in its one hour third minute journey. And more often than not that's fine, its escapism right?...
But I really would not be over enthusing ( although I know its sounds like I am) if I say this film and it's premise allowed my heart and mind to engage upon a journey all of my own. A mixture of the backdrop of the town, the music, the amplification of some aspects whilst downplaying others, the faces in the crowd and the sociopolitical core of the story engaged me in a way I have not been for a long time. And For a change I didn't feel like I was escaping, I felt a real sense of connectiveness being plugged in.... In this think it really helped that it sang to my core ethical belief of ' collective creativity. But whilst the whole 3 day passion event was a credit to everyone involved in its incipient creation. The film does stand alone as a beautiful & thought provoking piece in and of itself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mamgu on 12 Aug 2012
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Bought 3 dvds,my daughter,son and myself.Amazing film,Michael Sheen is brilliant,other cast members too.Showed the town in its true colours,awesome, Llewelyn Street made me cry,my grandparents lived there and its where my father grew up
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