Treva Etienne and his production team are hoping to bring on board legendary Hollywood film director and producer Steven Spielberg for a documentary film chronicling the work of South African Nobel laureate anti-apartheid activist and retired Anglican church bishop, Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

According to The Mirror, the 50-year-old actor starring in Spielberg’s US TV sci-fi hit Falling Skies is hoping Spielberg will take an interest in the project titled The Foolishness of God: A Forgiveness Journey with Desmond Tutu for which the production team has launched a crowd-funding scheme. He says he has learnt a lot from the way the 68 year-old director of landmark films such as Jurassic Park, Jaws and Schindler’s List operates.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Photo: Elke Wetzig
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Photo: Elke Wetzig

“He’s very hands-on, he helps make the show richer and more exciting,” he said.

Etienne attributed his desire to share the story of Tutu’s work to the fact that the archbishop is “amazing”.

“He is just such an amazing guy – just the energy he puts out there and what he is trying to do do….He has done a lot and yet a lot of people don’t know how influential is – people always think of Mandela who did amazing things but Tutu was keeping the fires burning in the public eye.” he said.

Steven Spielberg at the Cannes Film Festival. Photo: CannesLive.com
Steven Spielberg at the Cannes Film Festival. Photo: CannesLive.com

Treva and his crew did one crowd-funding appeal for an initial £35,000 to get the project off the ground – now they have launched another one to try to finish it.

For more details on the film, trailers and how to donate, visit www.tutuandforgivenessfilm.com.