Newcastle filmmaker’s documentary a contender for prestigious international award

03 Mar, 2016

A Newcastle man’s inspiring film has been nominated for Best Documentary at the International Christian Film Festival in Florida.

Produced and directed by Andy Meier, ‘Faith, Hope and Gloves’ tells the true story of the Hopper family from Mackay who travel to the Dominican Republic to meet their Compassion sponsored child.

The moving film shows the Hoppers’ journey from sponsoring Juan David as a young boy to the moment they meet the now 19-year-old brilliant medical student. Meier said he was thrilled and surprised upon learning he was nominated for the prestigious award at the “Christian Oscars”, and said the film’s message was one everyone can relate to.

“The story demonstrates how God works incredibly by orchestrating the big picture that we can’t always see at the time,” said Mr Meier.

“It’s also a testament to what it means to trust in God in circumstances beyond our control.

“The faithfulness of both the Hopper Family and Juan David in the little things created a ripple effect on both sides of the globe and this impact is still growing. In fact, their journey will continue into eternity.”

Compassion Australia CEO Tim Hanna said the charity was excited about the recognition the film is receiving.

“Faith, Hope and Gloves’ is a beautiful story that captures what is unique about Compassion child sponsorship: the powerful relationship between sponsor and sponsored child,” said Mr Hanna.

The winners of the International Christian Film Festival will be announced next month, with the festival running from 28–30 April. To watch the documentary online, visit

Contact Details To arrange an interview, please contact Michael Cauchi. Michael Cauchi, Compassion Australia PR & Media Specialist, T 02 49355000 ext. 2279 or E:

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