Irish feature documentary on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church shortlisted for an Oscar


A new Irish documentary has just made the 2013 Oscars shortlist. 'Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God' has been shortlisted in the Best Documentary Feature lineup.

An Irish/American co-production, Oscar winning director Alex Gibney helmed the documentary, which was shot all over Ireland, the US and part of Italy.

The film revisits the abuse scandal in the Irish Catholic Church, with first-hand accounts from victims. It has also reportedly uncovered a number of scandals that went beyond the abuse, including cover ups in the Church and the Vatican.

According to the Irish Film and Television Network, Northern Irish production company Below the Radar co-produced with Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions and Wider Film Projects.

Additional Irish-based crew on the documentary included Colm O'Meara, David Kilpatrick and Kevin McCarthy, who were in charge of audio; location scout Cathy Pearson; production assistant Catherine Madden, and researchers Chris Moore and Michael Pello.

The film also received support from the Irish Film Board and HBO Documentary Films.

The final 2013 Oscar nominations will be announced on January 10. 'Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God' joins short animation 'Head Over Heels,' produced by Irish woman Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly in the Oscar running.