Conspiracy of Silence (2003)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Drama, Religious Drama  |   Release Date - Dec 3, 2004 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 86 min.  |   Countries - UK  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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U.K. filmmaker John Deery makes his writing and directing feature debut with the religious drama Conspiracy of Silence, dealing with the controversial topic of reforming the Catholic Church. At an Irish seminary school, student Daniel McLaughlin (Jonathan Forbes) is caught in a compromising position with fellow male student Noel (Owen McDonnell). He is subsequently kicked out of school and considers marrying his ex-girlfriend Sinead (Catherine Walker). Meanwhile, reporter David Foley (Jason Barry) investigates the suicide of HIV-positive priest Father Sweeney (Patrick Casey). Foley learns that Sweeney was romantically involved with former priest Matthew Francis (John Lynch), but Monsignor Thomas (Fintan McKeown) resorts to unjust tactics in order to cover up the story. Brenda Fricker also appears as Daniel's mother.

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Catholicism, cover-up, priest, seminary, expose [revelation], homosexual, suicide, journalism