Father Greg is a young Catholic priest - good-looking and energetic - who finds his conventional attitudes challenged by the new parish to which he is assigned. His first surprise is to meet fellow priest. Father Matthew, who is openly living with a woman. Shocked by this renunciation of the vow of celibacy, Greg finds it increasingly uncomfortable when he tries to impose the values of the Church on his parishioners. His own crisis arrives in a two-fold manner; one day he strips off his collar and picks up a man in a gay bar and shortly after he hears the tearful confession of a young girl who is being sexually abused by her father. Bound by his vow of confessional silence he is powerless to help her, while becoming increasingly confused by his own relationship with his gay lover.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Antonia Bird

Written by: Jimmy McGovern

Produced by: George Faber, Josephine Ward

Cast: Tom Wilinson (Father Matthew Thomas), Cathy Tyson (Maria Kerrigan), Robert Carlyle (Graham), James Ellis (Father Ellerton), Linus Roache (Father Greg Pilkington)

Nominations and Awards

  • Feature Film Selection 1995