Union to offer preview screening of Oscar-nominated Spotlight

Elsa Maishman 14 January 2016

The Cambridge Union Society is to host a screening of the acclaimed film Spotlight on Wednesday 20 January at 6.30pm at the Cambridge Light, one week in advance of the film's official UK release.

170 free tickets will be made available at midday tomorrow (15 January) for Union members to attend the screening.

The film, starring Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams, has been nominated for six Oscars. It depicts the Boston Globe's investigative efforts to unearth child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. The story won the Globe the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

The screening will be followed by a panel on Thursday 21 January with Michael Rezendes and Robby Robinson, two of the journalists in the investigative team that broke the story.

James Hutt, the Union's President, commented: "Spotlight is an incredible tale that shows the power of the freedom of the press and we are proud to give our members the chance to see it first and to engage with the journalists who covered this groundbreaking story."

According to the GuardianSpotlight's investigation sparked the establishment of a tribunal by the Vatican to hear cases of bishops accused of child abuse.

Anna Carruthers, a third-year historian at Murray Edwards expressed her excitement for the events, commenting: ''For me this will be a real highlight of the term… Even just as a Catholic I'm keen to see the film because this is something that happened and it needs to be discussed and highlighted."