THE BOYS OF ST. VINCENT
 

Genre :
Drama
Number of Episodes :
Mini-Series (2 x 90 min.)
Version(s) :
Original English
Synopsis :
Our story takes us inside the grey, granite facade of St. Vincent orphanage for boys where we share the sorrow and pain of sexual and physical abuse inflicted on these young prisoners of the system.

The orphanage, run by the Order of All Saints Brothers and government sponsored, is cloaked in centuries of Christian respect. Only as a result of a janitor’s and policeman’s indifference to religious and political power, do we have any sense of hope.

However, once an investigation is launches and boys come forward with testimony against three Brothers at the orphanage, we see how quick and powerful the system can be in its manipulative measures to protect itself.

At the top levels of church and state, events unfold that are disquieting to the hardiest. Within weeks, even with the confessions from two of the offenders, the investigation is closed and the guilty sent out of the province.

We leave the boys we have come to know, their eyes telling us their horror continues…

Fifteen years later, the police investigation of 1975 is reopened and a public inquiry into sexual and physical abuse at St. Vincent is underway.

Peter Delaney, now married with a family and living in Edmonton, Brother Hawkins and Conway who live in other parts of the country, are arrested and all three brought back to Newfoundland for trial.

A call is put out and former residents of the orphanage return to testify. Brian Power, himself with a family, tells the nation his story at the inquiry where we see officials from police, justice and church deny any knowledge of cover-up.

Frank Sullivan living alone, isn’t as willing to dredge up the nightmare.

Brian’s brother Terry returns from Toronto a physical and emotional mess. His suicide is the catalyst for Frank’s coming forward.

Cathy Delaney follows her husband to St. John’s for his preliminary trial and has the worst confirmed; she severs her marriage.

Paralleling the personal landscapes are the anguine bounderies of the law, each tragic in their own way.

We leave the boys we have come to know, their eyes telling us their horror continues…
Cast :

 

Henry Czerny, Johnny Morina, Brian Dooley, Brian Dodd, Lise Roy, Sebastian Spence, David Hewlett

Awards :
The 1995 George Foster Peabody Award (New York, U.S.A., May 1995)
• Winner of the Broadcasting Award

National Board of Review – Films in Review (New York, U.S.A., 1995)

• Best TV Mini-Series

FIPA - Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels (Cannes, January 1993)

• “FIPA d'or” Séries et Feuilletons Category
• Best Actor: Henry Czerny

Umbriafiction TV Festival (Umbria, Italy, April 1993)

• Best Non-European Mini-Series
• Best Direction: John N. Smith
• Best Screenplay: Des Walsh, John N. Smith, Sam Grana
• Best Actor: Henry Czerny

Banff Television Festival (Banff, Canada, April 1993)

• Best of the Festival Grand Prize
• Best Mini-Series

Internationales Fernsehfest (The Cologne Conference) (Cologne, Germany, June 1993)

• Chosen as: One of the Top Ten of International Quality Television 1993

International Public Television Screening Conference (INPUT 93, Bristol, United Kingdom, May-June 1993)

• Chosen to be screened during the conference.

Telluride Film Festival (Colorado, U.S.A., September 1993)

• Chosen to be screened during the festival.

Le Festival du cinéma québécois de Blois (Blois, France, October 1993)

• In official competition for the “Salamandre d'Or”
  (award given by the public for fiction feature film)

Columbus International Film & Video Festival (Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A., October 1993)
• CHRIS AWARD (in the Art and Culture Category) for Original Fiction
  or Non Fiction Dramatization.

The New York Festivals (New York, U.S.A., January 1994)

• Gold medal; Movies for TV/Drama Special
• Gold medal; Best Direction for John N. Smith
• Bronze medal; Best Writing for Des Walsh, John N. Smith, Sam Grana
• Bronze medal; Best Performance for Henry Czerny

1994 Gemini Awards (Toronto, Canada, March)

• Claudio Luca et Sam Grana, Producers, Winners of: Best Dramatic Mini-Series
• John N. Smith, Winner of: Best Direction in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
• Des Walsh, John N. Smith, Sam Grana, Winners of: Best Writing in a Dramatic
  Program or Mini-Series
• Werner Nold, André Corriveau, Winners of: Best Picture Editing in a Program or Series
• Marcel Pothier, Serge Beauchemin, Hans Peter Strobl, Jérôme Décarie, Antoine Morin,
  Winners of: Best Sound in a Dramatic Program or Series
• Henry Czerny, Winner of: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
  in a Dramatic Program of Mini-Series
• Lise Roy, Winner of: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
• Nomination Best Costume Design Denis Sperdouklis
• Nomination Best Performance by a Actor in Supporting Role Brian Dooley