"Hello Sir, Bob Maguire, the mad priest. Sooner or later, surely, all media will discover that I'm a fraud." – Father Bob Maguire
Having faithfully served his South Melbourne parish for nearly four decades, the cantankerous, controversial Catholic provocateur affectionately called Father Bob is well known and loved, as much for his incorrigible media savvy and battles with church hierarchy as for his staunch advocacy on behalf of the disadvantaged and disenfranchised. The MIFF Premiere Fund-supported In Bob We Trust goes behind the scenes with Bob, documenting his everyday trials during one of the most turbulent times in his career: his forced retirement and eviction from the church he called home for 38 years.
Director Lynn-Maree Milburn (Autoluminescent: Rowland S Howard, MIFF 2011), with her Ghost Pictures colleagues producer/director Richard Lowenstein (Dogs in Space, MIFF 2009; He Died With a Felafel in his Hand, MIFF 2001) and producer/cinematographer Andrew de Groot (Ben Lee: Catch My Disease, MIFF 2011; Bastardy, MIFF 2008), spent three years following Father Bob, capturing rare and unique footage to tell this David versus Goliath story from the inside.
Disarming, emotional and endearing, the result is a significant document of a man "part Billy Connolly, part angry Old Testament prophet and part compassionate Mother Theresa", as the Father Bob Maguire Foundation describes their founder.
Lynn-Maree Milburn and Father Bob are guests of the festival. Read our interview with Lynn-Maree.
D/S Lynn-Maree Milburn P Andrew de Groot, Richard Lowenstein, Lynn-Maree Milburn, Maya Gnyp Dist Ghost Pictures TD DCP/2013