RN Drive – The secrets inside Gloriavale
RN Drive, ABC, Sky Kirkham, Producer – 17/10/2022
Founded in New Zealand at the end of the 1960s by an Australian preacher, the Gloriavale Christian Community is home to around 600 people.
Led by a small group of ‘shepherds’, members are isolated from outside society and ex-communication means exile from the community, and your own family.
Allegations of exploitation, sexual abuse, corruption and human rights violations have led to multiple lawsuits against the community, which—at this point—remains a registered charity.
In the Drawing Room, director Fergus Grady talks about his new documentary, Gloriavale, co-created with Noel Smyth, and introduces the community and the people fighting back against it.