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
  • 10 September 2016 (2016-09-10) (TIFF)
  • 19 May 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 Republic of Ireland and the UK on 19 May 2017, by Vertigo Releasing.

Plot[edit]

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

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 13 January 2015, and concluded on 6 March.[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 Republic of Ireland on 24 March 2017,[18] it was later pushed back to 19 May 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 26 July 2016. 
  2. ^ Kit, Borys (31 January 2014). "Berlin: Jessica Chastain's 'Secret Scripture' Finds a Director (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
  3. ^ Henderson, Luke (27 March 2014). "Two more names added to 'Secret Scripture'". Sligoweekender.ie. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
  4. ^ Yamato, Jen (23 July 2014). "Rooney Mara Signs on For Jim Sheridan's 'Secret Scripture'". Deadline.com. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
  5. ^ Kroll, Justin (6 August 2014). "Theo James, Eric Bana and Jack Reynor Join Rooney Mara in 'Secret Scripture' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
  6. ^ Kit, Borys (31 January 2014). "Berlin: Jessica Chastain's 'Secret Scripture' Finds a Director (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
  7. ^ Yamato, Jen (23 July 2014). "Rooney Mara Signs on For Jim Sheridan's 'Secret Scripture'". Deadline.com. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
  8. ^ White, Tom (13 January 2015). "Jim Sheridan's The Secret Scripture Begins Shooting". TheMovieBit.com. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
  9. ^ "The Secret Scripture' Movie Photos: Theo James, Rooney Mara And Cast Bring Characters To Life For Jim Sheridan Film". Fashionnstyle.com. 20 June 2015. Retrieved 28 March 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!". Daily Mail. 27 January 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
  11. ^ "Vanessa Redgrave and Eric Bana wrap up warm in quilted jackets as they film scenes for upcoming thriller The Secret Scripture". Daily Mail. 12 February 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
  12. ^ "Brian Byrne Scoring Jim Sheridan's 'The Secret Scripture'". FilmMusicreporter.com. 19 August 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
  13. ^ McNary, Dave (1 February 2014). "Berlin: Jessica Chastain’s ‘Secret Scripture’ Set to Shoot in May in Ireland". Variety. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
  14. ^ Kay, Jermey (5 November 2014). "Relativity, Voltage privy to The Secret Scripture". Screendaily.com. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
  15. ^ Murphy, Niall (14 January 2016). "IRISH FILM PREVIEW – JIM SHERIDAN'S THE SECRET SCRIPTURE". Scannian.com. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
  16. ^ McCarthy, Esther (25 May 2016). "Internet forcing filmmakers like Jim Sheridan to adapt". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  17. ^ Raup, Jordan (26 July 2016). "TIFF 2016 Line-Up Includes 'Nocturnal Animals,' ‘La La Land,' ‘American Pastoral,' and More". The Film Stage. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  18. ^ "The Secret Scripture to go on nationwide cinema release in March following ADIFF Irish Premiere". Irish Film Board. 20 January 2017. Retrieved 22 January 2017. 
  19. ^ "The Secret Scripture". Launching Films. Retrieved 10 February 2017. 
  20. ^ "The Secret Scripture (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 20 September 2016. 
  21. ^ "The Secret Scripture reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 20 September 2016. 

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