The Secret Scripture | Gala

Directed by Jim Sheridan
  • Ireland
  • 108 mins
  • 2016
  • English

Based on Sebastian Barry’s acclaimed novel, Jim Sheridan’s first Irish-set film since The Boxer (1997) explores the life and history of Roseanne McNulty (Vanessa Redgrave), a woman confined to the Roscommon Mental Hospital for 50 years. As the institution is about to close, Dr. Grene (Eric Bana) is sent to see whether she’s fit to be released. He’s intrigued by Roseanne’s eccentricities and her fierce attachment to her Bible, in which she’s been keeping a diary since she was first admitted. As he delves into her past, Dr. Grene gets to know the younger Roseanne (played by Rooney Mara) and eventually learns the terrible truth about her confinement. Shot in the starkly beautiful west of Ireland, The Secret Scripture uncovers a dark chapter in Ireland’s history. 

Jim Sheridan's adaptation of Sebastian Barry's novel brings his trademark warmth to this heartbreaking subject with grace and delicacy.

Gráinne Humphreys, Festival Director

Rooney Mara
Vanessa Redgrave
Eric Bana
Aidan Turner
Jack Reynor

Filmmaker in Attendance

Jim Sheridan, Eric Bana and Susan Lynch will attend this screening. 

The festival regrets to announce that Vanessa Redgrave will no longer be able to attend due to unforeseen circumstances.