SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL – THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE

Rating: M
Length: 126 mins
Cast: Jessica Chastain, Andrew Garfield, Cherry Jones

The astonishing rise, fall and redemption of televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker featuring a barnstorming performance from Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty). TIFF 2021.

Tammy grew up in a strict Christian home with a domineering mother (Cherry Jones, The Handmaid’s Tale). At bible college she fell for the charming, devout Jim Bakker (Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge). The couple discovered the praiseworthy potential of television to spread God’s word, creating the world’s largest religious TV network in the ’70s and ’80s. Broadcasting love and prosperity, Tammy’s image became inseparable from her absurdly long eyelashes, idiosyncratic singing and eagerness to embrace people from all walks of life. ‘The Ken and Barbie of TV evangelism’ became obscenely rich, before financial improprieties and scandal toppled their empire. An enthralling portrait of Tammy and Jim from director Michael Showalter (The Big Sick).