Free Church Minister Helps Tell John Wycliffe Story in New Docufilm

November 11, 2020

Following on from their award-winning documentary on John Knox, production company 'Trinity Digital' are embarking on their next major feature. “Morningstar” looks at the life and legacy of John Wycliffe, the man behind the first full translation of the Bible into English.

As a grass-roots production company without the backing of a major studio or broadcaster, they are reliant on the enthusiasm and financial support of the Christian community. Over the last few months, they have successfully raised over half the funds for the film, and are now embarking on a crowdfunding campaign to gather another key chunk of their budget.

Living 150 years before Martin Luther, John Wycliffe has been called the “Morning Star of the Reformation”. He and his followers foreshadowed both the religious revolution that was to come and the spiritual revival that accompanied it. It was Wycliffe's focus on the Bible that formed the basis for all he did and taught. That focus remains both a challenge and an inspiration for us today.

Blending elements of both drama and documentary, “Morningstar” will bring the gripping story and radical thought of John Wycliffe to a wide, contemporary audience. The film incorporates interviews with key experts including Smithon Free Church Associate Minister Rev. Dr Ian Hamilton.

The film is due for release in late 2021.


Murdo Macleod, director of “Morningstar”, said, “Very often, Christians see their faith only in terms of the New Testament age and the present. The intervening two thousand years are seen as quite irrelevant. Yet the long chain of saints and stories that connects us, generation by generation, right back to the apostles is anything but boring."

"It is not only an epic saga in its own right, but it helps to ground and contextualise our own Christian experience. We are not living as Christians in a vacuum. There is a path along which we can look back past Billy Graham and William Wilberforce to Whitfield, Luther, Aquinas, Augustine, Paul and ultimately Jesus himself. We ourselves are becoming part of that story."

"Through films like “Morningstar”, we aim to shine a light on Christians of the past and provide illumination into our own Christian lives in the present.”

Their campaign runs until the 23rd November and can be found here: