Posted September 15, 2018 05:20:20 A new film about a Catholic priest who was abused as a child will be made into a feature-length film in Ireland, as the country prepares to open the country’s first state-funded film festival.
The Sacrament Of Penance, by Irish filmmaker Stephen O’Malley, will be screened at the International Film Festival in the city of Cork on Saturday and Sunday.
Its release coincides with the launch of a new Irish film festival in the United Kingdom, the Irish Film Festival, which is also set to open next month.
The festival will include a screening of the first film, a documentary called The Sacrament Of Our Lady, in which a priest will speak about his experience of sexual abuse at the hands of the Catholic Church.
“It’s the story of the abuse and the healing process, and it’s about the human condition and what it means to heal,” Mr O’Neill told the Irish Independent.
Mr O’Meara, who is currently on leave from his job as a journalist in Ireland to focus on his work with the Catholic church, was inspired by his experience growing up as a Catholic in a Catholic family in Ireland and later moving to the United States.
“I’m a filmmaker, I have a background in documentaries, I’m passionate about film, and this was an ideal opportunity to make this film,” he said.
Mr Nally, who has previously directed a feature for Netflix, will also direct the film.
“We are very excited about the Irish film scene and it will be the first time we have a major film festival with a significant national presence,” he added.
The priest who spoke about the abuse will not be the only Irish character in the film, which was produced by Irish studio Cinefamily and financed by the Irish Government.
It also features music by Dermot MacDonagh, music by the Dublin Symphony Orchestra and Irish pop duo Sian, who were among the performers at the film’s premiere in New York last year.
Mr MacDonaghs music, called The Holy Mother, has been played live on the Irish radio station WFMU.
“This is not an ordinary story,” Mr MacDonah said.
“It’s a story of a priest, who was a victim of sexual assault, who went through some very dark times and ultimately found peace and healing.”
The Sacrament has been nominated for four Oscars, including best picture, for best directing and best screenplay.
The film also features an Irish voice cast including comedian Brendan O’Brien and actress Michelle Forbes.
Irish film festival director Mr Oates said the festival had become an important part of the Irish landscape, and that it was also important to have the festival continue to provide an outlet for local artists.
“Ireland has always been a place that is full of creativity and a place where people can come together and share their creative talents, and we’re happy to be part of that,” he told the Independent.