PREY is an effective tool for groups and individuals working to end clergy sex abuse and for those supporting and amplifying the voices of survivors. If you are interested in hosting a screening please contact Jackie Garrow at

If you are a survivor looking for resources and support, please visit SNAP SURVIVORS NETWORK and ENDING CLERGY SEX ABUSE GLOBAL JUSTICE PROJECT.



Twitter: @preydoc



"…an important work of documentary filmmakingpowerful and enraging" 3 ½ stars/ 4

"… a courtroom drama as gripping as any fiction without compromising the integrity of its subject." 

"Prey may just be one of the most important pieces of Canadian cinema created in the 2010’s…
this hauntingly disturbing film is one not be missed."
– David Cuevas Quickie Review 

"poignant, pointed, and impassioned look at one Canadian man’s fight
to hold the Catholic Church accountable
" 8 out of 10
– Andrew Parker The Gate


Winner of the prestigious 2019 Hot Docs Rogers Audience Choice Award for Best Canadian Feature and the DGC Special Jury Prize, PREY is a riveting and unflinching account of a survivor of clergy sexual abuse and his civil lawyer as they take on the Catholic Church.

Widespread sexual abuse within the Church has traumatized thousands globally. Many have only recently come forward to speak publicly, while others have been silenced through financial settlements. But PREY follows one survivor as he pursues justice through a public trial in the hopes of forcing the dark and hidden story of clergy sexual abuse to light.

The plaintiff in the landmark Canadian court case was abused for years as a boy at the hands of a Catholic priest fifty years ago. His civil lawyer has filed 395 suits against the Church, earning him the nickname “The Priest Hunter”.  

The defendants at trial are The Basilians, a Catholic religious order. The abuser makes his presence known in court in the form of a haunting video deposition taken before his death — a taped confession sealed from public view until now.

The trial is not about guilt or innocence, but about how much money the church must pay in compensation for the devastating fallout from the abuse. More importantly, for the plaintiff, it is about exposing the truth of how and why the sexual abuse of children can have gone on for so long without the Church stopping it. 

PREY documents one survivor’s efforts to seek justice. A story that echoes thousands of other sexual abuse victims’ stories around the world.

Border City Pictures Presents “PREY” Director and Shooter MATT GALLAGHER  
Producer Cornelia Principe Editor and Co-Producer Nick Hector cce
Music Justin Small and Ohad Benchetrit Sound Design GRANT EDMONDS
For TVO Production Officer LINDA FONG Executive Producer Jane Jankovic VP Current Affairs and Documentaries JOHN FERRI 

Produced in Association with TVO, Knowledge Network,
with the Participation of Canada Media Fund, Rogers Documentary Fund and with the Assistance of
Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, Ontario Creates Tax Credit Program

New Facebook Page

Welcome to the new facebook page for the award-winning documentary PREY. The goals of this page are to share updates about film screenings, post information about related subject matter, and to bridge community efforts in seeking justice for survivors of clergy sexual abuse. Please share this page widely with friends, advocates, and community groups that will share an interest in this project.

If you, or someone you know, was abused by a priest and are seeking help you can contact the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP). SNAP has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. They have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in their network.  Go to