The Most Reluctant Convert: The Untold Story of C.S. Lewis (2021)


Experience C.S. Lewis’ profound journey from vigorous debunker of Christianity to become, as he said, “the most reluctant convert in all England.” Through Max McLean’s detailed and masterful performance, Lewis’ story of grief, loss and redemption comes to life on screen in his own magnificent words.

Also known as The Most Reluctant Convert (UK) and CS Lewis: The Most Reluctant Convert (US, reissue title).


The dramatic, true story of C.S. Lewis’ journey from committed atheist to reluctant believer begins with his turbulent childhood. After losing his mother to cancer and becoming estranged from his father, a young C.S. Lewis deems existence bleak and unfortunate. His tutelage under atheist William T. Kirkpatrick and his harrowing experiences in The Great War solidify his case for materialism until he befriends J.R.R. Tolkien and Hugo Dyson. His fellow intellectuals – all Christians – challenge him to consider the logical, mythological, and literary cases for Christianity, and Lewis must face a life-altering choice: to hold fast to materialism or to give his life to Jesus Christ.


  • Max McLean … C.S. Lewis (Older).
  • Nicholas Ralph … C.S. Lewis (Young Man).
  • Eddie Ray Martin … C.S. Lewis (Child).
  • Richard Harrington … Albert Lewis.
  • Amy Alexander … Flora Lewis.
  • Tom Glenister … J.R.R. Tolkien.
  • David Shields … Hugo Dyson.
  • Hubert Burton … Owen Barfield.
  • David Gant … W.T. Kirkpatrick ‘The Great Knock’.
  • Sandy Knight … Louisa Kirkpatrick.
  • Charlie Ray Reid … Warnie Lewis.
  • Madeleine Day … Dance Teacher.
  • Emma Hemingford … Nurse.
  • Catherine Barnes … Elsie – Pianist.
  • Michael Ward … Vicar.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Norman Stone.
  • Producer(s):
    • Ken Denison … producer.
    • Matthew Jenkins … producer.
    • Max McLean … executive producer.
    • David O’Neill … line producer.
    • Norman Stone … executive producer.
  • Writer(s):
    • Max McLean … original stage play.
    • Norman Stone … screenplay.
  • Music:
    • Craig Armstrong.
  • Cinematography:
    • Sam Heasman.
  • Editor(s):
    • Fergus MacKinnon.
  • Production:
    • 1A Productions.
    • 2B Films.
  • Distributor(s):
    • Trafalgar Releasing (2021) (UK) (theatrical).
    • Trafalgar Releasing (2021) (USA) (theatrical).
  • Release Date: 03 November 2021 (US, limited).
  • Rating: 12A.
  • Running Time: 73 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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