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REVELATION

Directed by Nial Fulton
& Sarah Ferguson

 ‘Walkley award-winning journalist Sarah Ferguson has delivered some of the best TV journalism this country has ever witnessed but this might just be the pinnacle.’ 
- Daily Telegraph
‘Hauntingly poetic…compelling, gruelling, harrowing television.’
- Graeme Blundell, The Australian
‘It’s taken me until now to get over watching this extraordinary, devastating bit of television. Brace yourself to watch it but watch it you should.’
- Australian Financial Review

REVELATION

ABC Television  |  2020 |  3 X 90mins

Revelation is an enthralling and confronting account of the dark forces behind clerical sex abuse in the Catholic Church. 

This is the story of a criminal enterprise hiding in plain sight. 

In a world television first, Revelation takes cameras into the trials of notorious child abusers and interviews the ordained men facing charges of sex crimes against children. Their disclosures and frank confessions are shocking. 

With the help of victims and police investigators, Revelation brings to account some of the most powerful figures in the Australian church. 

Sarah follows the trail to the Vatican and uncovers the story of a high-ranking Cardinal, accused of abusing orphans in Ballarat, one of the epicentres of abuse world-wide. 

 

Over three gripping episodes, the series reveals the culture that enabled these crimes against children, for the first time in the words of the perpetrators themselves. 

DISTRIBUTION

ABC Commercial 

Karen Quinn +61 2 8333 3980
Katherine McMillan + 61 2 8333 3976

abc.contentsales@abc.net.au

SUPPORT

1800 737 732
This is a 24-hour national sexual assault, family and domestic violence counselling line for any Australian who has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault. 

Lifeline 13 11 14
Anyone across Australia experiencing a personal crisis or thinking about suicide can call 13 11 14 or text 0477 13 11 14 at night (6pm-midnight AEDT)

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AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

WALKLEY AWARDS 2020
WINNER - Documentary Award (Sarah Ferguson, Nial Fulton, Tony Jones)
Nominated - Walkley Television Camera Award (Aaron Smith ACS)

ASIAN ACADEMY CREATIVE AWARDS 2020
WINNER - Best Documentary Series (Sarah Ferguson, Nial Fulton, Tony Jones)
WINNER - National Winner (Sarah Ferguson, Nial Fulton, Tony Jones)

AACTA AWARDS 2020
Nominated - Best Cinematography in a Documentary (Aaron Smith
ACS)
Nominated - Best Editing in a Documentary (Philippa Rowlands ASE)

AUSTRALIAN DIRECTORS GUILD AWARDS 2021
Nominated - Best Direction in a Documentary Series (Nial Fulton, Sarah Ferguson)


AUSTRALIAN CINEMATOGRAPHER SOCIETY AWARDS 2020
WINNER - Documentary Gold Award (Aaron Smith
ACS)

AUSTRALIAN SCREEN EDITORS AWARDS 2020
WINNER - Best Editing in a Documentary (Philippa Rowlands
ASE)

FLORENCE FILM AWARDS 2020
WINNER - Best Documentary Series (Sarah Ferguson, Nial Fulton, Tony Jones)
WINNER - Best Editing in a Documentary (Philippa Rowlands
ASE)
WINNER - Best Original Score (Helena Czajka)

BANFF WORLD MEDIA FESTIVAL 2020
Nominated - Social Issues and Current Affairs (Sarah Ferguson, Nial Fulton, Tony Jones)

SCREEN PRODUCERS OF AUSTRALIA AWARDS 2021
Nominated - Best Documentary Series (Sarah Ferguson, Nial Fulton, Tony Jones)

AIDC AWARDS 2021

Nominated - Best Documentary Series (Sarah Ferguson, Nial Fulton, Tony Jones)
 

CRITICAL PRAISE
‘Hauntingly poetic…compelling, gruelling, harrowing television.’
- Graeme Blundell, The Australian

‘A searing documentary series…’

- Bridget McManus
☆☆☆☆☆
Sydney Morning Herald 

☆☆☆☆☆

- Critics Choice, The Age

☆☆☆☆☆

- TV Week

☆☆☆☆☆

- TV Tonight
‘So monstrously disturbing, I shudder to think what is coming next.’

- David Knox
‘Astounding television…’

- TV Blackbox
‘What a study in raw courage. Devastating.’
- Annabel Crabb

‘Revelation is extraordinary.’
- Jane Caro

‘Brilliant...jaw-dropping.’
- Mike Carlton

THE REVELATION PODCAST

How do you get a convicted priest to talk to you? And how do you prepare survivors for the prospect of appearing in the same episode as their abuser?

 

Across three episodes, presenter Sarah Ferguson and producer Nial Fulton talk about how they secured unprecedented access to the criminal trials of some of the Catholic Churches most notorious and prolific paedophile priests, conducted heart-breaking interviews with their victims and interviewed a convicted religious Brother in the maximum security prison he is serving 36 years for his unimaginable crimes. 
 

Journalist Tony Jones interviews presenter Sarah Ferguson and producer Nial Fulton in an ABC News Special podcast. 

THE REVELATION SOUNDTRACK
by Helena Czajka

THE REVELATION PRESS KIT
by Nial Fulton & Sarah Ferguson

KEY CREDITS

Directed by
NIAL FULTON & SARAH FERGUSON
Presenter
SARAH FERGUSON
Producer
NIAL FULTON
Written by
TONY JONES
SARAH FERGUSON

Director of Photography
AARON SMITH
ACS

Composer
HELENA CZAJKA

Editors
LILE JUDICKAS (Episode 1)
PHILIPPA ROWLANDS
ASE (Episode 2, 3)
Research
SOPHIE RANDERSON
ALISON MCCLYMONT
KATE WILD
Executive Producers
NIAL FULTON

IVAN O'MAHONEY

PRODUCED FOR THE AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION

Major production investment from Screen Australia, in association with Screen NSW

ABC Commercial holds worldwide distribution rights