Welcome to this very special episode of Pop Culture Confidential that we recorded live in London. We interviewed several of the greats, in and around, this year’s most talked about films – ‘Spotlight’. The film won ‘Best Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture” at the SAG Awards, and is a definite Oscar contender for Best Picture.
We sit down with Mark Ruffalo and the Pulitzer Prize journalist for the Boston Globe he portrays in the film, Mike Rezendes. As well as Walter Robinson, the Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter who was portrayed in the film by Michael Keaton, and writer and director Tom McCarthy.
We ask – What shocked them most during the original investigation? Has the Catholic Church done enough to stop the cycle of abuse? What was it like bringing the story to the screen? And MUCH more!
Here are a couple video highlights, listen to the podcast for the full interviews.
In 2001 the Boston Globe’s investigation team, called Spotlight, was responsible for exposing the systematic cover up of sexual abuse towards children by more than 70 priests in the Archdiocese of Boston. The series published on the scandal won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003, and now writer and director Tom McCarthy has brought this investigation to movie audiences where we follow the journalists and editors as they uncover the unnerving details of the abuse scandal, the secrecy of the Catholic Church and the power they had over Boston.
Host/Producer: Christina Jeurling Birro
Producer: Renee Viterstedt
Editor: Tom Hansen
Theme Song: Carl Borg
Mark Ruffalo is an actor, director, humanitarian and producer. He has over sixty acting credits to his name and has been Oscar nominated for his performances in The Kids Are All Right, Foxcatcher and Spotlight. As an environmental activist, Ruffalo has particularly focused his efforts on combating fracking in New York state, as well as founding the Solutions Project, which pushes for 100 percent renewable energy, and is active with Water Defense, a group dedicated to clean water initiatives.
Michael Rezendes is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and political writer for The Boston Globe. For more than a decade Rezendes has also been a member of the Globe's Spotlight Team, where he shared a 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for investigating and reporting the cover-up of sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church. For his reporting and writing on the Church, he also shared the George Polk Award for National Reporting, the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, the Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting, and numerous other honors.
Tom McCarthy is an actor, director, writer and producer. His work includes directing The Station Agent and Spotlight, and his memorable acting in The Wire and The Lovely Bones. He has been Oscar nominated for his work on Up for Best Writing, and Spotlight for Best Achievement in Directing and Best Writing, Original Screenplay.
Walter Robinson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for The Boston Globe, where he has worked as reporter and editor for 34 years. Robinson led the Globe's coverage of the Roman Catholic clergy sexual abuse scandal, for which the newspaper won, and he personally accepted, the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.