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The theatrical poster for Unsung Hero (IMDB)

Unsung Hero is a faith-centred biopic that chronicles the true story of a musical Australian family’s relocation to the United States. Source: The Catholic Weekly. 

Five-time Grammy Award-winning artists Joel and Luke Smallbone, along with their sister, singer-songwriter Rebecca St James, parents David and Helen and family, returned home to Australia for the release of the movie.

This faith-centred biopic chronicles the true story of their fall and rise with the message that when we stand united in faith and love as a family, everything is possible.

David Smallbone was a successful Australian Christian music concert promoter during the 1970s and 1980s and was dedicated to sharing the message of hope and love of Jesus Christ through music.

However, an unsuccessful national tour promotion saw David lose everything. In 1991, he and his wife Helen made the tough choice to move the family to Nashville, Tennessee, in pursuit of a fresh start.

Upon arriving in Nashville, the family had to pull together to make ends meet. This early difficulty served as a lesson in cultivating unity within the family. They prayed, worked, and even home-schooled together.

A pivotal moment in their life was when Helen made the conscious decision to persevere with the circumstances they had been thrown.

David’s local church helped him transform from a lukewarm to a passionate Christian, invoking a transformation in his approach to life and family.

Prayer on a daily basis was a source of hope and inspiration, and with answered prayers manifesting as little miracles made possible by help from community and friends, things began to change.

We can all learn and take away some valuable lessons from Unsung Hero. It teaches tolerance, compassion, generosity, and selflessness.

Review by Renate Cassis. 

Unsung Hero: Starring Daisy Betts, Joel Smallbone, Kirrilee Berger, Jonathan Jakson, Lucas Black, Candace Cameron Bure, Paul Luke Bonenfant. Directed by Richard L Ramsay and Joel Smallbone. 113 minutes. Rated PG (Mild themes)


“Unsung Hero” is a family biopic you won’t want to miss (The Catholic Weekly)