PREY: The Powerful Documentary Opening 2019’s Forest City Film Festival

FCFF is thrilled to announce the 2019 Lerner’s Opening Night Party and Screening of Prey by Matt Gallagher

Prey (2019), Dir. Matt Gallagher

Prey (2019), Dir. Matt Gallagher

Since its inaugural opening in 2016, the Forest City Film Festival’s Opening Night has been one of London’s most exciting events. VIP tickets for this year’s event include entry to the Opening Night Cocktail Party beforehand, and there will be a post-screening reception with snacks and  cash bar at Wolf Performance Hall. The night sets the tone for a packed weekend of film excellence. 


Forest City Film Festival’s very first opening film was Room, introduced by author, screenwriter, and London resident Emma Donoghue. 2018’s opening night film The Drawer Boy won the Old Oak Audience Choice award. The opening night films have been some of the Festival’s best and cannot be missed.

Rod McLeod visiting the school where the abuse took place years ago

Rod McLeod visiting the school where the abuse took place years ago


This year’s opening film, Prey, tells the story of Rod McLeod, who is a survivor of child sexual abuse by infamous priest William Hodgson “Hod” Marshall, who had approximately 90 other victims. Following Marshall’s death, Rod is suing the Church for punitive damages, and the documentary follows his case. Other survivors, a journalist, a Church representative, and Rod’s lawyers all weave together their stories into a heavy but impactful tapestry of the effects of this widespread crime in the region. Winner of the prestigious Rogers Audience Award for Best Canadian Documentary and the DGC Special Jury Prize for Canadian Feature Documentary at Hot Docs, the film has been described by The Gate’s Andrew Parker as:

poignant, pointed, and impassioned look at one Canadian man’s fight to hold the Catholic Church accountable.

We’ll be welcoming Lerners Lawyers’ Maia Bent to the stage on Opening Night to host a Q&A with subjects from the film, including London lawyer Rob Talach, who has been nicknamed The Priest Hunter for his history in the field.

The 2019 Lerner’s Opening Night Gala and scree ning of Prey will take place on Thursday, October 24th at 7.30pm. Tickets available here.

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Full film line-up and tickets go live on September 12th.

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Nara Monteiro