Named after an actual group of investigative journalists at The Boston Globe, Spotlight gives us the true story and detailed process that led to the prosecution of a group of priests in a shocking abuse scandal in the Boston Archdiocese, placing sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests at the forefront of the media. These journalists were lauded and awarded a Pullitzer Prize for their work in this partly-Toronto-filmed drama.
We meet Michael (Mark Ruffalo), Matt (Brian d’Arcy James) and Sacha (Rachel McAdams) who report to a chain of editors in Walter (Michael Keaton), Ben (John Slattery) and Marty (Liev Schreiber) who become growingly-invested in the investigation, encountering first-hand the procedural and systemic challenges in getting access to buried information with the Catholic Church being so powerful in Boston.
Spotlight shines in its attention to detail and while the Tom McCarthy Film is a great piece of filmmaking and while it very well explains the team’s struggle, it more would have made an impact with a bit more focus on the victims’ damaging impacts as while it truly captivates, it affect emotionally as it should. Ruffalo and Keaton excel in their roles in this important piece, which gets a release via eOne Films.
You can screen it at TIFF:
Mon Sep 14 6:00 PM
PRINCESS OF WALES
Tue Sep 15 11:30 AM
VISA SCREENING ROOM (ELGIN)