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"The Sibling" brings up The Bible

Malcolm Ridley, 13, plays Nicky in "The Sibling."
Malcolm Ridley, 13, plays Nicky in "The Sibling."
Pathfinder Pictures

Child actor Malcolm Ridley, 13, had to take some time to figure out how to play the character in “The Sibling.” “I was nervous because I've never had a roll so intense, but I became used to it during the filming process,” Ridley said in an email interview. Ridley became involved in acting in 2007 after being in a play with his father, Mark Ridley.

“The Sibling” is a story that shows the controversy of the Bible, according to Director Norith Soth from Pathfinder Pictures. The bully (played by Latrell Hart) in this film strongly believes that angels do not have wings and they have bright faces wearing brilliant uniforms. He believed that the bible carries a lie about different details. This film has some horror in it—noticing how haunting a videotape looked on pause inspired Soth to produce “The Sibling.” He wrote the script with Mikal Britt, a short story writer. Soth developed the original story idea from thinking about a boy watching his home videos who couldn't remember the events that he sees. The major conflict in “The Sibling” follows a Christian boy who wants to convert the bully to follow what he believes what the Bible says. The Bully is fun to listen to and watch, since of his great duality being a bully with a brilliant mind.

Yet, both Soth and Ridley strongly believe in the Bible. “I completely believe in God and I feel that the Bible plays an important role in my life,” Ridley said. He feels that he shares strong beliefs with his character. Soth is very aware that the film may infuriate fundamentalist Christians since the film brings up the origins of the Bible. “The Sibling” discusses the question of where we come from. Soth wants the audience to look at their faith from a different angle.

Films use religion as an element since it brings up strong emotions in the audience, according to Soth. The Omen, Rosemarie's Baby and The Exorcist are arguably the three of the greatest and most commercial horror films, and they are religious in nature,” Soth said. “You can't avoid Christianity,” South said. We follow a Christian calendar, and we follow Christian written history. Soth also mentioned that Stephen King's only competitor is The Bible, since The Bible has survived many centuries.

The film took six months to produce, due to being on a poverty budget. Soth said this period of time was tough because he had to have the cast keep their physical features the same, such as hair and weight.

Pathfinder Pictures is a DVD/VOD distribution company which has produced a few projects with Hell Head Industries, owned by Soth and his partner Mich Medvedoff. Pathfinder Pictures is not afraid of controversial topics, Soth said. “We mutually believe that there are great stories that remain untold cinematically. We want to tell those stories.”


  • Michael Thal LA Academic Success Examiner 4 years ago

    Sounds like a good movie. I'll make sure to see it.

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