After moving to the big smoke to start on a new path, Pastor Luke (Angus Benfield, from Huhu Attack! and 2022 movie Motorvation) soon finds himself up against some dodgy characters. Loosely based on Benfield's experiences as a youth pastor, The Holy Roller captures pre-quake central Christchurch; it was shot over 15 days in early 2009. After the effects of the Christchurch quakes halted post-production, the indie movie finally debuted at the 2011 Christchurch Film Festival. The cast includes Victoria Abbott, The Hobbit's Mark Hadlow and Simon Barnett.
It’s a big and nasty place, you know?– Reverend Bob (Martin Howells) reacts to Pastor Luke (Angus Benfield) saying he wants to move to the city
In loving memory of Dinah and Colin Benfield
This film is also dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Christchurch quake of 22 February 2011 and to the people who risked their lives to rescue survivors
Completed with a post-production grant from the NZ Film Commission
Opening credits song 'Whoa' written and performed by The Lads
Features songs performed by The Lads, Victoria Abbott, Primal Band and the Holy Roller Choir