The Secret Scripture (film)

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The Secret Scripture
Directed by Jim Sheridan
Produced by Noel Pearson
Written by
  • Jim Sheridan
  • Johnny Ferguson
Starring
Music by Brian Byrne
Cinematography Mikhail Krichman
Edited by Dermot Diskin
Production
company
Distributed by Vertigo Releasing
Release date
  • September 10, 2016 (2016-09-10) (TIFF)
  • May 19, 2017 (2017-05-19) (Ireland)
Running time
108 minutes[1]
Country Ireland
Language English

The Secret Scripture is an Irish film, directed by Jim Sheridan, from a screenplay by Sheridan and Johnny Ferguson, which is based on the 2008 novel of the same name The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry. The film stars Vanessa Redgrave, Rooney Mara, Eric Bana, Theo James, Aidan Turner, and Jack Reynor.

The film had its world premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. It was released in the United Kingdom and Ireland on May 19, 2017, by Vertigo Releasing.

Plot[edit]

A woman keeps a diary of her stay at a mental hospital and the events leading to her hospitalization.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

In January 2014, it was revealed that Jessica Chastain and Vanessa Redgrave had been cast in the film, with Noel Pearson producing the film, and Thaddeus O'Sullivan directing the film from a screenplay by Johnny Ferguson.[2] In March 2014, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and Jeremy Irons, were cast in the film;[3] in July 2014, it was revealed that Rooney Mara had been cast in the film, replacing Chastain with Jim Sheridan replacing O'Sullivan as director.[4] In August 2014, it was revealed that Theo James, Eric Bana, Jack Reynor were in talks to co-star in the film.[5]

Filming[edit]

Filming was originally slated to begin in May and September 2014.[6][7] Principal photography began on January 13, 2015, and concluded on March 6.[8] During production of the film, Rooney Mara, Theo James, Eric Bana, Susan Lynch, Antony Acheampong and Vanessa Redgrave, were spotted filming.[9][10][11]

Post-production[edit]

In August 2015, it was revealed that Brian Byrne had composed the score for the film.[12]

Release[edit]

In February 2014, Voltage Pictures began selling distribution rights to the film at the Berlin Film Festival;[13] in November 2014, Relativity Media acquired U.S distribution rights to the film;[14] in January 2016, the first image of Rooney Mara and Jack Reynor was released.[15] In May 2016, Sheridan announced the film had been removed from Relativity Media, and it would be sold to a different distributor,[16] the film had its world premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.[17] The film was scheduled to be released in the United Kingdom and Ireland on March 24, 2017,[18] it was later pushed back to May 19, 2017.[19]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes. Early reviews of the film have been negative, it currently has an approval rating of 20%, based on 10 reviews, with an average rating of 2.8/10.[20] On Metacritic the film has a score of 42 out of 100 score, based on 7 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Secret Scripture". Toronto International Film Festival. Retrieved July 26, 2016. 
  2. ^ Kit, Borys (January 31, 2014). "Berlin: Jessica Chastain's 'Secret Scripture' Finds a Director (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 28, 2016. 
  3. ^ Henderson, Luke (March 27, 2014). "Two more names added to 'Secret Scripture'". Sligoweekender.ie. Retrieved March 28, 2016. 
  4. ^ Yamato, Jen (July 23, 2014). "Rooney Mara Signs On For Jim Sheridan’s ‘Secret Scripture’". Deadline.com. Retrieved March 28, 2016. 
  5. ^ Kroll, Justin (August 6, 2014). "Theo James, Eric Bana and Jack Reynor Join Rooney Mara in ‘Secret Scripture’ (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved March 28, 2016. 
  6. ^ Kit, Borys (January 31, 2014). "Berlin: Jessica Chastain's 'Secret Scripture' Finds a Director (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 28, 2016. 
  7. ^ Yamato, Jen (July 23, 2014). "Rooney Mara Signs On For Jim Sheridan’s ‘Secret Scripture’". Deadline.com. Retrieved March 28, 2016. 
  8. ^ White, Tom (January 13, 2015). "Jim Sheridan's The Secret Scripture Begins Shooting". TheMovieBit.com. Retrieved March 28, 2016. 
  9. ^ "The Secret Scripture' Movie Photos: Theo James, Rooney Mara And Cast Bring Characters To Life For Jim Sheridan Film". Fashionnstyle.com. June 20, 2015. Retrieved March 28, 2016. 
  10. ^ "If you thought the American Sniper 'baby' was freaky, check out the one Rooney Mara uses in new suspense thriller The Secret Scripture!". Dailymail.co.uk. January 27, 2015. Retrieved March 28, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Vanessa Redgrave and Eric Bana wrap up warm in quilted jackets as they film scenes for upcoming thriller The Secret Scripture". Dailymail.co.uk. February 12, 2015. Retrieved March 28, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Brian Byrne Scoring Jim Sheridan’s ‘The Secret Scripture’". FilmMusicreporter.com. August 19, 2015. Retrieved March 28, 2016. 
  13. ^ McNary, Dave (February 1, 2014). "Berlin: Jessica Chastain’s ‘Secret Scripture’ Set to Shoot in May in Ireland". Variety. Retrieved March 28, 2016. 
  14. ^ Kay, Jermey (November 5, 2014). "Relativity, Voltage privy to The Secret Scripture". Screendaily.com. Retrieved March 28, 2016. 
  15. ^ Murphy, Niall (January 14, 2016). "IRISH FILM PREVIEW – JIM SHERIDAN’S THE SECRET SCRIPTURE". Scannian.com. Retrieved March 28, 2016. 
  16. ^ McCarthy, Esther (May 25, 2016). "Internet forcing filmmakers like Jim Sheridan to adapt". Irish Examiner. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 
  17. ^ Raup, Jordan (July 26, 2016). "TIFF 2016 Line-Up Includes ‘Nocturnal Animals,’ ‘La La Land,’ ‘American Pastoral,’ and More". The Film Stage. Retrieved July 26, 2016. 
  18. ^ "The Secret Scripture to go on nationwide cinema release in March following ADIFF Irish Premiere". Irish Film Board. January 20, 2017. Retrieved January 22, 2017. 
  19. ^ "The Secret Scripture". Launching Films. Retrieved February 10, 2017. 
  20. ^ "The Secret Scripture (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 20, 2016. 
  21. ^ "The Secret Scripture reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 20, 2016. 

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