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Film starring ‘In Christ Alone’ writer goes head to head with Lion King and Toy Story 4 for movie award

by Heather Preston

A new adaptation of John Bunyan's Pilgrims Progress, starring renowned Christian songwriter Kristyn Getty has been nominated for an award.

The animated film, which explores one Christian’s journey of faith, is up against household blockbusters such as Toy Story 4 and The Lion King for Best Movie at the 28th Annual Movieguide Awards.

Its nomination was announced at the Awards Gala at Los Angeles’ Avalon Theatre on Saturday.

Award-winning hymn-writer Getty voiced the role of The Interpreter in the feature-length remake.

Responding to the nomination, she said: “It was an absolute honour to be asked to be a part of the cast of this important movie and work alongside some amazingly talented individuals. The film is a wonderful rendition of the book Pilgrim’s Progress, and it’s so special to see it being nominated in a category alongside other big movie titles and receive the recognition it deserves.”

Robby Baehr, President of Movieguide said: “Each of these movies represents how family, faith, and values continue to excel at the box office. We are so excited about the messages these movies share and how they inspire us to live in a way that blesses others.”

Faith-based films have seen a rise in popularity in recent years with films like The Shack, War Room, Noah and The Two Popes drawing large audiences.

The original novel Pilgrim’s Progress has sold over 200 million copies since its first publication in 1678 and is regarded as one of the most significant religious works of English literature. Author John Buyan wrote it while in prison for holding religious services and it has since been translated into over 200 languages.

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