Alex Russell’s starring role out on DVD this week
FROM the big screen to the TV screen, Rockhampton's Alex Russell is celebrating the release of Christian comedy Believe Me on DVD this week.
The creators of the film said they were proud of what they'd written in Believe Me, released last year, which stars former Rocky boy Alex, who has gone on to to have growing success in films in the United States.
"We're excited to hold up the mirror, not point the finger, at our religious culture in hopes of making you laugh a lot and think a lot about how Christians are perceived by others," a spokesperson said.
Described by the New York Times as "a smart, sly comedy", and Warcry (US) as "rare and authentic", Believe Me is the story of Sam (Alex Russell), a typical college senior forced to think outside the box when his dream of studying law is threatened by a surprise tuition bill that amounting to thousands of dollars.
When Sam convinces his three roommates they can make money by exploiting the gullible church crowd, the four guys set up a fake charity, Get Wells Soon, which supposedly helps needy people in Lesotho.
While campaigning across the county, Sam meets tour manager Callie (Johanna Brady), a genuine Christian with a heart for service who makes him question not only what he is doing but what he really believes in.
The film is directed by Will Bakke and produced by Michael B Allen and Alex Carroll.