|Good battles evil in timeless story of biblical heroism|
|Written by Eric Tiansay|
|Tuesday, 30 April 2013 04:04 PM America/New_York|
Dramatic but relatable story ‘The Book of Esther’ emphasizes ‘courage, faith and obedience’
A new film based on the Old Testament book of Esther offers “a delightful retelling” of the biblical story, emphasizing the values of courage, faith and obedience, according to the movie’s director.
Good battles evil in The Book of Esther, which tells the timeless story of biblical heroism. David A.R. White, who directed The Book of Esther (857533003318, $19.99, June 4), which is distributed by Pure Flix Entertainment, said Esther is “one of the most beloved female characters in the Bible,” and the film is “done as a palace intrigue with drama and suspense.”
“Recently, we have seen a resurgence of interest in biblical characters and how the things they dealt with then, still resonate with us today,” he told Christian Retailing. “We wanted to make sure the film stayed true to biblical history, but was also relatable to our audience.”
When Esther (Jen Lilley) becomes King Xerxes’ queen, her cousin, Mordecai (Robert Miano) and the despicable Haman (Thaoo Penghlis) engage in a dangerous game of intrigue for control of the young Persian King Xerxes (Joel Smallbone).
Haman plans to exterminate the Jews, including Mordecai and Esther. It is up to Esther to win the affection of Xerxes, unmask Haman’s treachery and save the Jewish people.
“We have a film that centers on a woman who is faced with major decisions that could have long-lasting ramifications and has to consider what her culture would have her do against what she believes God is leading her to do,” White said. “Her choice required her to stand firm in her beliefs and to walk in obedience, despite the risks. We see a wide range of emotions in each character.”
The film’s cast includes Lilley (General Hospital) and Smallbone, lead singer of For King and Country and brother of singer Rebecca St. James. Miano has appeared in many mainstream films, including Donnie Brasco.
“Audiences can trust the theme and integrity of this project,” White said. “I believe this updated story of Esther will attract not only new audiences and a younger generation, but those who are familiar with the story and find Esther to be one of the most intriguing and inspiring women of the Bible.”
The 90-minute film, approved by The Dove Foundation, is not rated.
To order The Book of Esther, go to www.pureflix.com or call 480-991-2258, or order through Send The Light Distribution at 800-289-2772, New Day Christian Distributors at 800-251-3633 and Anchor Distributors at 800-444-4484.