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Dingle International Film Festival (Dingle IFF) is proud to present Jim Sheridan’s latest and greatest film, THE SECRET SCRIPTURE (2016), which will be screening in The Phoenix Cinema on Sunday 26th March. The film showcases a fantastic, internationally-renowned cast and an exceptional script from Sheridan and the late Johnny Ferguson. THE SECRET SCRIPTURE is the perfect film to close this year’s festival, and a brilliant return to Irish storytelling for Jim Sheridan.
The film is adapted from the 2008 novel of the same name by Sebastian Barry (who was recently awarded the Costa Book of the Year prize for Days Without End, becoming the first novelist to win this prestigious prize twice.) THE SECRET SCRIPTURE tells the story of an elderly woman, Rose, who keeps a diary of her extended stay at a psychiatric institution. Rose is convicted of murdering her newborn child, but proclaims her innocence. She recounts the story of her life during the events of Irish religious and political upheaval during the first half of the 20th century, which leads to her incarceration.
THE SECRET SCRIPTURE is a deeply moving story in an environment where female sexuality and independence unsettles the patriarchies of church and nationalist politics. The cultural context of the time brings much contemporary social relevance—one of the film’s stars, Vanessa Redgrave, comments on the film’s dark appraisal of Irish history: “Governments have been mainly responsible, Churches have been responsible; I wonder who spoke out and protested against these crimes during the 30s, 40s, and 50s for instance? A tragic story, but it’s true. Truth should be told.”
The cast of SECRET SCRIPTURE are all immediately recognizable from the world of cinema, and they deliver authentic portrayals in this harrowing tale of injustice and deceit:
THE SECRET SCRIPTURE marks a triumphant return to Jim Sheridan’s list of strong Irish narratives. Following a distinguished career in the theatre between the 1960s and the 1980s, Sheridan wrote and directed many films that have achieved acclaim all over the world. His films have garnered sixteen Academy Award nominations, winning two—‘Best Actor’ for Daniel Day Lewis in MY LEFT FOOT (1989), and ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for Brenda Fricker in MY LEFT FOOT (1989). Sheridan himself has been nominated for six Academy Awards:
Jim was interested in directing THE SECRET SCRIPTURE because it brought him back to the traditional Irish roots of many of his older films, as well as his own upbringing—“I was impressed with the mother/child relationship, the fact that the mother would never let the child go and at the same time the child could be dead, which reflected things in my own life.” He was also delighted at the opportunity of working with an incredible screen presence like Vanessa Redgrave—“Vanessa is a force of nature and, strong-willed and knows what she wants … Everything she says is true. She’s amazing on screen.”
THE SECRET SCRIPTURE efficiently captures the spectacular rural Irish landscape of Sligo, Kilkenny, and Dublin, where the film was shot by acclaimed cinematographer Mikhail Krichman. “Mikhail is just amazing. He’s a true artist and brings a fantastic visual sense but also a sense of grandeur”, says Jim Sheridan.
Early reviews of THE SECRET SCRIPTURE show that Jim Sheridan is continuing to make strong films, and this one is sure to be hailed a classic in Irish film history:
This film is sure to be a brilliant close to this year’s festival. So be sure to come to Dingle and see inside THE SECRET SCRIPTURE.
There is also much more on offer during this screening to help make our closing night as special as possible. A ticket to this screening will also include:
The Dingle International Film Festival will run March 23-26, 2017. Housed within a Gaeltacht area, Dingle IFF is proud to promote the Irish language and is the only festival offering an award for Irish Script writing with its Físín event. Dingle is home to many filmmakers, one of Ireland’s only independent cinemas, is a known film location (Star Wars, Ryan’s Daughter, Far and Away) and a major tourist destination making it the perfect home for our festival.
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