AT THE BOX OFFICE: Local pastor at the Western Downs Life Church, Annette Kusters is attempting to bring a controversial film about abortion to the Chinchilla cinema, but still needs to sell over 30 tickets to make the screening a reality.
AT THE BOX OFFICE: Local pastor at the Western Downs Life Church, Annette Kusters is attempting to bring a controversial film about abortion to the Chinchilla cinema, but still needs to sell over 30 tickets to make the screening a reality. Kate McCormack

Controversial film to make it's way onto country screens

A WESTERN Downs church group are attempting to bring a controversial film about abortion to a screen near you.

Western Downs Life Church have created a Facebook event calling on residents to pre-purchase tickets to a screening of Unplanned a true story about an American woman's transition from one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors to a committed pro-life advocate.

The movie received an R-rating in the US and has been banned from being advertised on many TV stations, but local pastor and pro-life advocate Annette Kusters believes Unplanned is an important film for people of all ages and backgrounds to see because it raises fundamental issues and questions surrounding the abortion versus pro life debate.

"I think this film is controversial because it showcases the truth behind the abortion industry and not everyone wants to be made aware of the harsh realities that abortion entails,” Mrs Kusters said.

"Everyone needs to make their own decision on the matter, but you need to see both sides of the story before you can make up your mind.”

Pastor Erik Liljegren from the Chinchilla Church of Christ said abortion shapes the way we view life and which lives are valuable and which are not.

"This movie is important, as this is a subject people don't really speak in depth about, when in reality this issue goes to the heart of answering the question "what is life?” Do we value life or not?” Mr Liljegren said.

The Western Downs Life Church and the Chinchilla Church of Christ have joined hundreds of pro-life groups around the nation by organising a FanForce screening of Unplanned, meaning the movie will only show in regional towns if enough ticket sales are sold ahead of time.

Mrs Kusters said they still need to sell 35 tickets for the screening on Monday, October 14 to go ahead and is urging people who are interested in seeing the film to purchase a ticket through the Facebook event page hosted by FanForce.

The Facebook event does state the film is for mature audiences with tickets costing $18, a little dearer than your average local cinema screening.

But you'll need to hurry, numbers must be finalised by this Friday in order for the screening to take place.