Silence is a ‘passion project’ of Scorsese’s and has been in development since 1990. The screenplay was penned by Jay Cocks, who worked with Scorsese on Gangs of New York and The Age of Innocence.

Set in 1670, it follows two young Portuguese Jesuit priests (Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver) who travel to Japan to locate their mentor (Liam Neeson) and propagate Christianity.

Once there, they endure brutal persecution at the time of the Kakure Kirishitan (Hidden Christians) following the defeat of the Shimabara Rebellion.