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92 Ratings


Directed by Antonia Bird
United Kingdom, 1994
Drama, LGBTQ+


Father Greg Pilkington is torn between his call as a conservative Catholic priest and his secret life as a homosexual with a gay lover, frowned upon by the Church.

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Priest Directed by Antonia Bird

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

1995 | 2 wins including: Best Feature Film (Teddy)

Toronto International Film Festival

1994 | Winner: People's Choice Award

Critics reviews

Castigated by offended Catholics yet feted at Berlin and Toronto, Priest rewards re-viewing – particularly in the wake of this brilliant director’s too-early passing in 2013. Its tender vision of developing love between Father Greg Pilkington and bar pick-up Graham set a frank precedent for burgeoning British queer cinema: in one ecstatic revolving shot the lovers kiss passionately on a wide empty beach, reinventing chilly Liverpool as a place of unguarded erotic romance.
September 07, 2015
Priest has a certain moral coherence, preaching tolerance and inveighing against some of the less flexible Catholic prohibitions. But theologically as well as psychologically it’s something of a mess, and given all its exploitive leapfrogging from issue to issue, it’s hard to see how it could be otherwise.
April 14, 1995
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