Wildcard Distribution has released the quad poster for Jim Sheridan’s new Irish feature The Secret Scripture.

The Secret Scripture centres around Rose McNulty (Vanessa Redgrave), an elderly woman who has lived in state institutions for over 50 years. Despite her bleak surroundings there is a light in her eyes that cannot be extinguished. Dr. Stephen Greene (Eric Bana) is drawn to her, compelled to discover her past and help gain her freedom.  Through Lady Rose’s ‘scripture’, a life of extraordinary love and great injustice emerges, revealing a remarkable young woman of courage, whose only crime was to fall in love. Set against a backdrop of an emerging Irish state in the 1940’s in which female sexuality and independence unsettled the colluding patriarchies of church and nationalist politics, we learn of her ultimate triumph.

Rooney Mara (Carol, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) plays the younger Rose, with Academy Award© winner Vanessa Redgrave playing her in her older years. These are supported by Australian actor Eric Bana (Munich), and rising UK star Theo James (Insurgent), as well as Irish stars Jack Reynor (Glassland), Aidan Turner (The Hobbit series), and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (Love/Hate, MAZE).

Six-time Academy Award nominee Sheridan co-wrote the screenplay with the late Johnny Ferguson. Director of photography Mikhail Krichman worked on the brilliant Russian film Leviathan, and composer Brian Byrne has previously worked with Sheridan on In America. It is edited by Dermot Diskin (Wake Wood, Moscow Never Sleeps), with production design by Derek Wallace (Good Vibrations, The Sea).

Filmed on location in Dublin, Kilkenny and Sligo, The Secret Scripture, is produced by Noel Pearson and Rob Quigley for Ferndale Films in association with Voltage Pictures. It is financed by the Irish Film Board, the Ingenious Senior Film Fund, Apollo Media, and the European Media Fund.

Actors Eric Bana, Vanessa Redgrave, Jack Reynor, Susan Lynch, and director Jim Sheridan will attend the film’s Gala Irish premiere of The Secret Scripture during the Audi Dublin International Film Festival on Saturday, February 18th. Irish audiences, who miss out on the ADIFF premiere, will then get the chance to see the film when it goes on nationwide release on Friday 24th March.

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