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Release Date: January 2006
Director: John Deery
Screenplay writer: John Deery
Plot: Two controversies, the suicide of Father Frank Sweeney (Patrick Casey), an Irish parish priest & expulsion of a seminary student suspected of being gay, Daniel McLaughlin (Jonathan Forbes), provoke an investigation of the Irish Catholic Church. Suspicious that Sweeney's suicide & McLaughlin's abrupt expulsion are connected, David Foley (Jason Barry), a local journalist, begins to scrutinize the facts. The Catholic hierarchy circles its wagons to cover up the scandals when McLaughlin aims to clear his name by blowing the whistle to the media through Foley.
Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
Runtime: 90 mins
Country 1st Screened in 2003: UK
Filming Locations: Cornwall, Devon & London, England
Cinematographer: Jason Lehel
Musical Score: Francis Haines & Stephen W. Parsons
Winner of the 2004 "Freedom of Expression Award" from the National Board of Review USA.
"Conspiracy of Silence" is probing scrutiny of the ideal of Catholic Priest celibacy in Ireland. Screeplay writer & Director John Deery offers insight into the Vatican with acumen.
The story follows a young men preparing to enter the priesthood in an Ireland seminary. Daniel McLaughlin (Jonathan Forbes), a clean-cut guy who forsakes his girlfriend, Sinead (Catherine Walker), to pursue his & his family's desire to become a priest. McLaughlin is a handsome, smart athlete, with a certain naivety that seems to make him a rather odd candidate for the priesthood, except for his empathetic personality. His naivety proves to be tragic after he goes to the room of another seminary student & becomes the object of the other guy's sexual interest. Although McLaughlin dissuades his advances & flees from the other student's room, one of the older priests with a questionable history of his own spots McLaughlin. After the priest makes an incident report to the Rector Cathal (Sean McGinley), McLaughlin is expelled under the suspicion alone that he is gay.
Simultaneously, in the same seminary, Father Sweeney (Patrick Casey), commits a shockingly gorey suicide. As a result, the seminary instigates a cover-up. Father Sweeney was not afraid of placing the Vatican in controversial situations by going public that he was HIV+. As if that weren't scandalous enough, Sweeney was bent on warning that AIDS was running rampant in the world wide Church.
Local reporter, David Foley (Jason Barry), investigates Sweeny's gruesome suicide. While uncovering Church secrets, Foley serendipitously discovers the reason why McLaughlin was expelled. The host of secrets covered up by the patriarchy are all interconnected to celibacy: men being deprived of their sexuality. In support of McLaughlin & Foley, Father Jack Dowling (Hugh Bonneville) stands in opposition to the Church's stances against its own priests & students.
In Conspiracy of Silence, a story based in Ireland about the ethics in the Irish Catholic Church. This drama starts out with a young man who has joined the seminary and has given up his treasures and girlfriend. He is the perfect young man until he gets caught up in the conspiracy of a fellow seminarian and gets kicked out for homosexuality. Then in the news at another seminary a priest commits suicide as a result of HIV. A reporter begins to investigate this suicide and learns about Daniel who was kicked out of another seminary for homosexuality.
fantastic storyline, plots and intrigues.
goes to show that priests, catholic or otherwise can also be liars, decievers and corrupt (like politicians)....