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Northern Ireland hymn writer Kristyn Getty takes starring role in film version of Bunyan classic

Kristyn Getty
Kristyn Getty
A poster for The Pilgrim’s Progress
John Rhys-Davies
Claire Williamson

By Claire Williamson

Award-winning modern hymn writer Kristyn Getty has said that it is an "honour" to star in the film adaptation of the famous John Bunyan book The Pilgrim's Progress.

The production - in which the Northern Ireland writer is the voice of The Interpreter - is the classic story's feature-length theatrical debut.

It is also the first computer-animated telling of the timeless tale.

The film was produced by Revelation Media and Cat in the Mill Studios and will be released to US cinemas this month.

It also features John Rhys-Davies (right), who starred in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

The Pilgrim's Progress, which has been translated into over 200 languages, has never been out of print and has sold more than 200 million copies, more copies than any Christian book except for the Bible.

Written in 1678 by Bunyan while he was in prison for holding religious services, the story is often cited as the greatest allegory ever written.

Speaking ahead of the release of The Pilgrim's Progress, Kristyn said: "It was an absolute honour to be asked to be a part of the cast of this important movie.

"The Pilgrim's Progress is one of the all-time classic Christian books and has had a profound impact.

"Our hope for this movie is that those same truths would be released afresh to a new generation of children across the country."

Executive producer Steve Cleary said: "More than any other story (outside the Bible), The Pilgrim's Progress has been used to inspire and challenge Christians to set their eyes on God, all around the world.

"We are so thrilled to be offering this tale to a new generation through CGI animation.

"And we are also confident that the timeless themes of faith - such as hope, persecution, persistence, doubt, hardships - will resonate in a whole new way," he added.

Kristyn Getty will return home to Northern Ireland with husband Keith and their family in May ahead of their one-off concert in Belfast's SSE Arena on June 15.

The concert will feature a 1,000 voice choir, in partnership with New Irish Arts and special guests.

The couple will perform much of their best-known music, including In Christ Alone, which was the number one most-frequently-sung hymn in UK churches for a record-setting nine consecutive years.

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