Richard Alwyn

The Telegraph on Catholics by Richard Alwyn


By Simon Horsford

Film-maker Richard Alwyn takes an intimate look at the Catholic church in Britain today. The first of these documentaries, dealing with would-be priests, was shot over six months at Allen Hall in London, one of the country’s only three remaining Roman Catholic seminaries, and is significant as the number of men applying to be ordained has plummeted in the wake of the child abuse scandals. At Allen Hall, Alwyn meets Rob Hunt, who ignored his faith for years, had relationships and was a roadie. His insights are the most illuminating, but there are other nuggets too in a film that covers faith, celibacy, the psychological profiling of priests and what it means to be a Catholic.