Conspiracy of Silence (2004)

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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.
Rating: NR
Genre: Art House & International , Drama
Directed By: John Deery
Written By: John Deery
In Theaters: wide
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Cast

Jason Barry
as David Foley
Jonathan Forbes
as Daniel McLaughlin
Brenda Fricker
as Annie McLaughlin
Patrick Casey
as Fr. Sweeney
John Lynch
as Fr. Matthew Francis
Hugh Bonneville
as Fr. Jack Dowling
Sean McGinley
as Rector Cathal
Hugh Quarshie
as Fr. Joseph Ennis
Sean Boru
as Fr. Murphy
Olivia Caffrey
as Liz Foley
Fintan McKeown
as Monsignor Thomas
Jim Norton
as Bishop Michael Quinn
Gay Byrne
as Himself
Carmel Cryan
as Mrs. McDermott
Catherine Cusack
as Mary McLaughlin
Christopher Dunne
as Fr. Martin Hennessy
James Ellis
as Jim O'Brien
Edward Macliam
as Fitzpatrick
Harry Towb
as Fr. Doherty
Nuala Walsh
as Mrs. McGlynn
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Critic Reviews for Conspiracy of Silence

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (14)

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Full Review… | November 16, 2011
Time Out
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Full Review… | August 15, 2007
Time Out
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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Isn't quite up to the task of intelligently advocating for change.

Full Review… | March 18, 2005
Miami Herald
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A good cast (Brenda Fricker, Hugh Bonneville and assorted veterans of British and Irish film and TV) gives Deery's film weight and credibility.

Full Review… | March 11, 2005
Orlando Sentinel
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The need to portray the powers-that-be at all levels -- from the Vatican to the local parish -- in the worst possible light intrudes upon the movie, making it feel like a personal vendetta.

Full Review… | February 11, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Conspiracy of Silence

Interesting insights into the cloistered life of priests. The movie examines the concept of celibacy in the Roman Catholic Church, showing the hypocritical, political, and detrimental effects it has on them. Good cast. Decently done.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.
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Catholic nay-sayers will probably have a field day with the movie, but my hunch is that most would be better served by any one of the numerous documentaries that cover the same topic.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo
½

VERY GOOD DRAMA INVOLVING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND IT'S POLICY OF CELIBACY WITH IT'S CLERGY. IT ALSO EXAMINES THE ISSUE OF GAY PRIESTS (CAN'T IMAGINE THOSE TWO WORDS NOT BEING USED TOGETHER) AND HIV. WELL DONE, IT HELD MY INTEREST.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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