The Boys of St. Vincent
is a 1992 film directed by John N. Smith for the National Film Board of Canada
. It is a two part docudrama
based on real events that took place at the Mount Cashel Orphanage
in St. John's
, one of a number of child sexual abuse scandals in the Roman Catholic Church.
The first film, The Boys of St. Vincent
, covers the sexual and physical abuse of a number of orphans by Brothers headed by Brother Peter Lavin (Henry Czerny
). The second film, The Boys of St. Vincent: 15 Years Later
, covers the trial of the Brothers.
Along with Lavin, Kevin Reevey is the central figure. In the first film Reevey (Johnny Morina) is a 10-year-old abused child who tries to avoid Lavin’s attentions. In the second movie, Reevey (Sebastian Spence
) is a young man haunted by his abuse who still has nightmares. Lavin covers up the goings-on at the orphanage for many years, especially his own role in the abuse. Kevin runs away and when he is returned by the police he tries to reject Lavin’s caresses. He is severely beaten with the buckle end of the brother’s belt. A short shower-room sequence was cut when the film was first shown in the United States.
Stephen Lunney (Brian Dodd) is another abused boy. He has an older brother, Brian (Ashley Billard), at the orphanage who tries to protect him. In the second film, the brothers meet again for the first time in years. Brian (Timothy Webber), now happily married with two children, tries to help Stephen (David Hewlett
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