"With the issue of ‘religious freedom’ and the division between church and state currently being debated in our country, it seemed timely to give Darwin a chance to consider this amusing and thought-provoking American documentary. Please rest assured – the people at the heart of this film do not actually worship Satan. Instead, most followers of the Satanic Temple – be they tattooed goths or bow-tied lawyers - use the notion of Satanism to challenge the way in which religious ideas are becoming increasingly enshrined in American public institutions. Together they form a group which aims to protect the concept of church/state separation. I have not seen the film yet but am looking forward to it immensely as I found the trailer oddly moving – there was something quite touching about the idea of a diverse group of impassioned people using cleverness and humour in a joint effort to protect a principle they believe in. We hope that the film inspires much conversation!"
- Liz Keith, Deckchair Programming Committee
In the battle for justice and equality, The Satanic Temple is putting up a hell of a fight!
Chronicling the extraordinary rise of one of the most colorful and controversial religious movements in American history, HAIL SATAN? is an inspiring and entertaining new feature documentary from acclaimed director Penny Lane (Nuts!, Our Nixon). When media-savvy members of the Satanic Temple organise a series of public actions designed to advocate for religious freedom and challenge corrupt authority, they prove that you can speak the truth in some truly profound ways. As charming and funny as it is thought-provoking, HAIL SATAN? offers a timely look at a group of often misunderstood outsiders whose unwavering commitment to social and political justice has empowered thousands of people around the world.