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Sunday 12 October 2008

Movie review: Destiny in Motion

Posted in: Movies
By Matt Akersten - 31st March 2007

“The Destiny Church's ‘Enough is Enough' march was a response to the Civil Union Bill, which would allow gay and defacto couples to register their relationships, in effect giving them the same legal rights as married couples.
This, in the eyes of the church, was wicked. And not in a good way.
Pretty soon, everybody was shouting at everybody.”
- Te Radar's introduction to ‘Destiny in Motion'.

For those who missed this doco at various film festival screenings, here's another chance to see the Destiny Political Party's 2005 election disaster. This documentary follows comedian and social commentator Te Radar inside the Destiny campaign – and captures it all going wrong.

It's all there – two repugnant rallies, door-to-door discomfort, various media interviews and appearances from the ‘Bishop of Bling' himself, the enthralling election night, and even a brief jaw-shattering appearance from Christian party stalwart and pedophile rapist Graham Capill. Plus - Georgina Beyer's now-legendary ‘Enough is Enough' rally "How dare you..." confrontation outside Parliament.

Particularly enjoyable are the insights from theological scholar Peter Lineham, and Te Radar's interviews with stupid people in the rally. It's all put together very well, and builds up to a climax with much nervous squawking from Radar – and I don't blame him!

Director Peter Bell reckoned he wanted to show the Destiny Political Party as it really was, from the inside, without judgement. It looks as if the graphic designer who did the poster for the doco had other ideas though – as you can see on the right. Is this a horror flick? Perhaps they should have gone the whole hog and shown blood dripping from Tamaki's mouth.

So make a date with Destiny's downfall, and find out more about our least-favourite fundamentalists. ‘Destiny in Motion' is back on the big screen this Easter, showing daily from Thursday 5th until Wednesday 11th April at Auckland's Academy Cinema (under the Central Library).

See for session times.

Matt Akersten - 31st March 2007