‘Spotlight’ screening for abuse victims planned in Boston

Boston Globe

By Lisa Wangsness GLOBE STAFF OCTOBER 28, 2015

The film company that released “Spotlight,” the forthcoming movie about The Boston Globe’s investigation into sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, is offering a free screening for clergy abuse victims in Boston on Thursday evening.

Open Road Films organized the screening this week after some victims complained that they would not have an opportunity to see the film in advance of its official release. A few victims portrayed by actors in the movie have been to screenings and plan to attend the film’s Boston premiere Wednesday night.

Robert Costello, who sued the church in the early 1990s and has been active in the survivors’ community ever since, said he has been lobbying the film’s representatives and the Globe since the summer to offer a larger group of victims a special preview.

“The stories in it are our stories,” he said.

The company held a small screening in early October for the victims portrayed in the movie, plus a few of their invited guests — about a dozen people altogether.

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