The Secret Scripture to have Irish premiere at ADIFF ahead of nationwide cinema release in March

Posted January 19, 2017 by Suzanne Murray in News
The Secret Scripture
The Secret Scripture

Six-time Academy Award© nominee and acclaimed writer-director Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot, In America) returns to the big screen with The Secret Scripture, a feature film adaptation of Sebastian Barry’s Man Booker Prize-winning novel.

Featuring a stellar international and Irish cast including Academy Award© nominee Rooney Mara (Carol, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), Academy Award© winner Vanessa Redgrave, Eric Bana (Munich), Theo James (Insurgent) along with Jack Reynor (Glassland), Aidan Turner (The Hobbit) and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (The Infiltrator), The Secret Scripture will have its Irish premiere at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival next month in the Savoy Cinema on 18th February.  Jim Sheridan will be in attendance as will many of the cast including Vanessa Redgrave who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Volta Award at the festival.  Tickets for the festival screening can be purchased on the ADIFF website

Irish audiences will then get the chance to see the film when it goes on nationwide release on Friday 24th March.

The Secret Scripture centres around Rose McNulty (Vanessa Redgrave), an elderly woman who has lived in state institutions for over 50 years. Despite her bleak surroundings there is a light in her eyes that cannot be extinguished. Dr. Stephen Grene (Eric Bana) is drawn to her, compelled to discover her past and help gain her freedom.  Through Lady Rose’s ‘scripture’, a life of extraordinary love and great injustice emerges, revealing a remarkable young woman of courage, whose only crime was to fall in love. Set against a backdrop of an emerging Irish state in the 1940’s in which female sexuality and independence unsettled the colluding patriarchies of church and nationalist politics, we learn of her ultimate triumph.

Filmed on location in Dublin, Kilkenny and Sligo, the film was co-written by Johnny Ferguson and Jim Sheridan and was produced by Noel Pearson and Rob Quigley for Ferndale Films with funding from the Irish Film Board, Ingenious Senior Film Fund and Apollo Media.

The Secret Scripture will be released in Ireland by Wildcard Distribution on behalf of Vertigo Releasing.  Watch the international trailer