The Boys of St. Vincent (Arts & Entertainment Television Network)
1995 | Les Productions Tele-Action Inc., in association with the National Film Board of Canada, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Telefilm Canada
The power of this fictionalized portrayal drawn from actual events resides in the exceptional writing, acting and staging. Executive producers Claudio Luca and Colin Neale, with co-producer and co-writer Sam Grana and writers Des Walsh and John N. Smith, tell of the victimization of young boys by the staff of St. Vincent’s orphanage - the very individuals who are expected to serve as the boys’ guardians and spiritual mentors. Without recourse, the boys’ plight seems inescapable until they find advocacy in a janitor and local police officer. The impact of this program in Canada and the United States has been profound. It has driven allegations of abuse into the light and has sparked a positive discussion about the role of the Church in investigating and responding to such charges. For tackling a difficult subject with skill and candor, a Peabody to Les Productions Tele-Action Inc., the National Film Board of Canada, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Telefilm Canada, and the Arts & Entertainment Television Network for The Boys of St. Vincent.
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