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Monk Dawson (1998)

Not Rated | | Drama | 31 July 1998 (UK)
Rites of passage moral tale based on the award-winning novel by Piers Paul Read, about a Catholic priest who falls from grace and descends into a world of forbidden love and betrayal in 1970's London.


Tom Waller


James Magrane (screenplay), Piers Paul Read (novel) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Benedict Taylor ... Bobby Winterman (as Ben Taylor)
Michael Cashman ... Prior of Pixhaven
Oliver Stone Oliver Stone ... Young Winterman
Toby Hadoke Toby Hadoke ... Br Simon
Mark Paterson Mark Paterson ... Br Benedict
Roger Brierley Roger Brierley ... Fr Francis
Amanda Jenner Amanda Jenner ... Mrs Dawson
Gordon Truefitt Gordon Truefitt ... Mr Dawson (as Gordon Truefit)
Max Beavis Max Beavis ... Young Dawson
Ginny Heppell Ginny Heppell ... Matron
Clive Jakes Clive Jakes ... Fr Giles
Rupert Vansittart ... Fr Timothy
Kristopher Milnes Kristopher Milnes ... Teenage Winterman
Daniel Brocklebank ... Teenage Dawson
Roger Hammond ... Fr Julian


Rites of passage moral tale based on the award-winning novel by Piers Paul Read, about a Catholic priest who falls from grace and descends into a world of forbidden love and betrayal in 1970's London.

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Guided by faith. Blinded by hope. Betrayed by love.




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Release Date:

31 July 1998 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Passion of the Priest See more »

Filming Locations:

North Yorkshire, England, UK See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

De Warrenne Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Find A Way
Music & Lyrics: Mark Jensen
Performed by 'J.P. Zest'
Soprano Saxophone: 'Henry Laxton'
© 1997 De Warrenne Pictures Ltd.
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An interesting showcase for young British talent
30 June 2007 | by carnagecorp-1See all my reviews

This Film was being shown in a specialist English speaking video store in the 16th arrondisment of Paris. The clients there are the French version of the Chelsea and Mayfair crowd in London and the films played are aimed accordingly. It caught my eye and i took it out, curious because as someone who casts young actors - I had already seen some extraordinary talent capture the customers of the Prime Time Store. Monk Dawson is no action film, but in almost every other way it is absolutely enticing. The elder performances are somewhat overshadowed by the child actors. Daniel Brocklebank as Monk Dawson is resolutely brilliant, capturing the uncertainties and convictions of teenage faith. His friend Furness, played by Tristan Sherwood-Roberts is the crux of the performances. Too little time was given to this startling screen presence, the highlight of talent on display. Some beautiful actresses - seemingly disappeared now, Paula Yatres, Rhona Mitra (the original model for Lara Croft) gave fun roles. An interesting movie for anyone who cares about life's mysteries, the future of British Acting talent, and enjoying the engrossing and evocative qualities of a great British film experience.

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