Spider-Man and Kylo Ren preaching the gospel of Christ in Japan may not sound like the most thrilling of films but Martin Scorsese is hoping to convert audiences with his latest picture Silence.
Silence, based on a 1966 novel of the same name, tells the story of two young Jesuit priests (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who travel to Japan to locate their mentor (Liam Neeson) and spread the word of God.
Along the way they face violence and persecution for their beliefs causing both men to doubt their cause and question everything they’ve ever known.
The film’s been tipped for a number of high profile awards and has been a passion project of visionary director Martin Scorsese since 1990 with the director spending over twenty years trying to get the movie made.
When asked by a journalist how he managed to maintain enthusiasm for the project over the decades the legendary director explained that he’s fascinated by secularism and spirituality.
It’s been an obsession, it has to be done… it’s a strong, wonderful true story, a thriller in a way.
Silence will have its world premiere at the Vatican next week and is on general release in the UK from January 1.
More of a concept than a journalist, Tom Percival was forged in the bowels of Salford University from which he emerged grasping a Masters in journalism.
Since then his rise has been described by himself as ‘meteoric’ rising to the esteemed rank of Social Editor at UNILAD as well as working at the BBC, Manchester Evening News, and ITV.
He credits his success to three core techniques, name repetition, personality mirroring, and never breaking off a handshake.