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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.

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Jason Barry
as David Foley
Jonathan Forbes
as Daniel McLaughlin
Brenda Fricker
as Annie McLaughlin
Patrick Casey
as Fr. Sweeney
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 (10)

Isn't quite up to the task of intelligently advocating for change.

March 18, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A good cast (Brenda Fricker, Hugh Bonneville and assorted veterans of British and Irish film and TV) gives Deery's film weight and credibility.

March 11, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

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.

February 11, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Certainly a debate over the church's tradition of an unmarried clergy ... could be a good and worthy one. But a quick, clumsy melodrama -- complete with awkward, pop-scored sex scenes -- isn't the best venue.

December 3, 2004

While the subject of enforced priestly celibacy is important, here it is dealt with in a workman-like manner lacking vibrancy.

December 3, 2004 | Rating: 2/4

Deery's points are well-taken, but they would have been a lot better made if he hadn't taken so many easy shots at the church by demonizing its local authorities.

December 3, 2004 | Rating: 2/4

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.

Super Reviewer

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