Actors Liev Schreiber and John Slattery and director Tom McCarthy were among the cast and crew who held a question-and-answer session after their film, "Spotlight," ended Saturday night at the Hamptons International Film Festival.
The film stars Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams, along with Schreiber, Slattery and Bryan Darcy James, as The Boston Globe journalists who broke open the Roman Catholic Church's pedophile-priest scandal. The film screened at Guild Hall in East Hampton for a packed audience. Also on stage were writer Josh Singer and actor Michael Cyril Creighton. Schreiber's wife, the actress Naomi Watts, was in the audience.
One man stood up to announce that he was one of the Boston victims who came forward, and he thanked the panel for making the film.
McCarthy retuned the compliment. "Thank you," he said, and encouraged a round of applause for the man.
Although programmer David Nugent led the filmmakers through the background of the production -- Creighton said he met the victim he portrayed, and Singer said he did some reporting of his own while researching his subject -- the audience seemed more interested in the "phenomenon," as the film puts it, of pedophilia among the Roman Catholic clergy.
The discussion ranged from the typical gender of the victims (Boys seem to be more common targets, said Singer.) to whether the Catholic clergy's celibacy requirements were to blame.
"What's important to know is that this is still going on," said McCarthy. "I think groups like SNAP [Survivors Network for Those Abused by Priests] are right when they say that the church isn't really doing anything."
McCarthy lightened the mood slightly by answering a question about whether nuns typically molest children.
"No," McCarthy said. "Nuns are cool."