Gloriavale follows the Ready family, exploring serious allegations at the Gloriavale Christian Community on the West Coast. After Sharon Ready's daughter died of asphyxiation, her son John, who'd left the religious sect, launched a civil case against its leaders, claiming Gloriavale women lived "in servitude". Sharon's daughter Virginia and her kids left the community over cases of sexual abuse. In this trailer Sharon, John and Virginia reflect on their time at Gloriavale, and lawyer Liz Gregory mentions "unending" revelations by ex-members. The Australian-NZ doco debuted at the 2022 NZ International Film Festival.
It was like a dream...the start of Gloriavale.– Sharon Ready remembers the high hopes she had for her religious community
Made with funding from Screen Australia and the NZ Film Commission
Interview with Gloriavale resident Sharon Ready and the film's directors, The Sunday Star-Times, July 2022