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Wesley is a 2009 biopic about John Wesley and Charles Wesley, the founders of the Methodist movement. The movie is based largely on the Wesley brothers' own journals, including John's private journal which was kept in a shorthand-like code that was... read more
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Wesley is a 2009 biopic about John Wesley and Charles Wesley, the founders of the Methodist movement. The movie is based largely on the Wesley brothers' own journals, including John's private journal which was kept in a shorthand-like code that was not translated until the 1980s by Dr. Richard Heitzenrater at Duke Divinity School. The movie covers the critical period of John Wesley's life as he struggles with his own doubts and insecurities, leading up to his life-changing Aldersgate experience and the early development of the Methodist movement. The movie was filmed in a number of authentic 18th century locations in and around Winston-Salem, North Carolina, including St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Unusual for a lower-budget independent film, the movie features an original orchestral score recorded by a full orchestra. The score, composed by Bruce Kiesling, uses snippets of Wesley hymns and portions composed to echo authentic 18th-century style. Kiesling, who has composed scores for a number of other films, is currently conductor of the Tulare County Orchestra in California. Funded in part by the Christian History Institute and Comenius Foundation, the movie was directed by John Jackman.

Original Release

01/01/2009

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Cast

Burgess Jenkins John Wesley
June Lockhart Susanna Wesley
Kevin McCarthy Bishop Ryder
Carrie Anne Hunt Sophy Hopkey
R. Keith Harris Charles Wesley
Lloyd Arneach Tomochichi
Jim Babel Footman
Tom Barker Herr Toltschig (as Thomas Barker)
Leanne Bernard Grace Murray
Randy Bernard Furniss
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

John Jackman

Writers

John Jackman, Carolyn Haywood, Norman Stone, John Wells

Cast

Burgess Jenkins John Wesley
June Lockhart Susanna Wesley
Kevin McCarthy Bishop Ryder
Carrie Anne Hunt Sophy Hopkey
R. Keith Harris Charles Wesley
Lloyd Arneach Tomochichi
Jim Babel Footman
Tom Barker Herr Toltschig (as Thomas Barker)
Leanne Bernard Grace Murray
Randy Bernard Furniss
Dave Blamy Father
Peter Bost Dick Baker
Mark Boynton Oglethorpe
Kelli Coffman Drunk Woman
Ray Collins Angry Bishop
Eric Cover William Seward
Reid Dalton Rector
Alex Dillard Singing drunk
Cricket Ellis Innkeeper's Wife
Suzanne Feehely Mine Owner's Wife

Producers

John Jackman Executive Producer
Ted Johnson Executive Producer
Lovinder Gill Producer
Burgess Jenkins Producer
Setu Raval Producer
Geoff Thompson Producer
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