By John-Henry Westen and Steve Jalsevac
TORONTO, February 6, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Distant Thunder is an engrossing thriller with character development, subtleties and artistry that would normally be impossible in a half-an-hour film. This is plain and simple a high level Hollywood production.
A court-room drama, revolving around a partial birth abortion incident, A Distant Thunder, draws viewers into an intense, shocking and amazingly only 35 minute encounter with the realities and implications of abortion decisions, especially at such a very late stage. From professional acting and filming, elaborate special effects, to sound and sets, everything says Hollywood.
That’s not a surprise since Jonathan Flora, the main brains behind this production, is an award winning producer of DVD releases for Disney (A Distant Thunder is not a Disney related production) and his wife Deborah Flora, who plays the lead role in the film, is also a professional in the movie and television industry.
But like most Hollywood productions there is some risqué material. A shower scene and another, while not showing overt nudity, are certainly suggestive, but there is the option of an edited version on the DVD which has specifically removed those two brief scenes.
While inappropriate for children because of the above and some very intense and frightening scenes, including demonic illustrating special effects, the movie is excellent for bringing the pro-life message home to high school seniors and college/university students. It is in a genre they are familiar with and in a style and presentation they have become accustomed to.
Without moralizing or pushing any specific views on the abortion issue, A Distant Thunder addresses the issue in a provocative and spellbinding way so as to pique interest and leave a lasting impression. It reveals the horrific nature of partial-birth abortion and, as the producers intended, leaves viewers with many more questions and concerns about all abortion.
In his review of the film, Fr. Frank Pavone of Priest for Life states, “Without a doubt, this film will become one of the most powerful tools to make people think and wrestle with the abortion issue, and will challenge them to do something about it.”
See the LifeSiteNews.com interview with Jonathon and Deborah Flora:
Part 1: Husband and Wife Team Using Hollywood Skills to Produce Pro-Life Theme Films
Jonathon & Deborah Flora Interview: Part II
See the Distant Thunder website at
See especially the Internet video, A Conversation with the Filmakers at, https://www.adistantthunder.com/conversation.php