Although Spotlight tells the story of corruption and cover-ups in the Catholic Church, the film’s co-writer Josh Singer explained in an interview with Creative Screenwriting that was secondary to the movie’s plot. Josh said, “This story isn’t about exposing the Catholic Church. We were not on some mission to rattle people’s faith. In fact, Tom came from a Catholic family. The motive was to tell the story accurately while showing the power of the newsroom—something that’s largely disappeared today. This story is important. Journalism is important, and there is a deeper message in the story.”
So if the cover-up was secondary to the movie’s story, how much of the film was true?
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- Spotlight (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD)
- Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church: The findings of the investigation that inspired the major motion picture Spotlight
- Part 1 of 2: Church allowed abuse by priest for years
- Part 2 of 2: Geoghan preferred preying on poorer children
- Globe reporters tell their ‘Spotlight’ stories
- Reporting an Explosive Truth: The Boston Globe and Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church
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