The Oscar quality of Spotlight
The film Spotlight has itself been in the spotlight after winning an Oscar for best film and best original screenplay. The story looks at the diligent and painstaking work of journalists who persist against all odds plodding away in musty archives, looking for a needle in a haystack. Speaking truth to power is a major theme of the film. Brendan Staunton SJ is a regular film reviewer for several publications and he talks about why it was a worthy winner of the Oscar. He looks at how it managed to deal with the awfulness of sexual abuse within the Church without resorting to anti-clerical view or any church bashing. He commends the Boston Globe’s own honesty in admitting their own previous repression of evidence. He also looks at the cinematic quality of the film and why it would have stood out as a winner. He explains more to Miriam Gormally.