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A Secret
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Directed byDaniël Jaco
Produced byDaniël Jaco
Pieter Reibach
Written byDaniël Jaco
Based onA Lover's Secret
by Rose Ó Murchadha
StarringJames Bonnett
Alissa Scott
Beau Newman
William Bertrand
John Falkirk
Peter Hollinger
Edward Sullivan
Music byAlexandrine Besnard
Richard Swart
CinematographyFaf van der Merwe
Edited byJohn Holster
Distributed bySatavian Broadcasting Company
Release date
  • 5 October 1999 (1999-October-05) (Satavia)
Running time
181 Minutes
Budget€99.8 Million
Box office€601.1 Million

A Secret is a 1999 Satavian epic romance film directed and written by Daniël Jaco. The film tells the story of an unlikely relationship formed across class divides in poverty-stricken Satavia in 1900, and stars James Bonnett as Ryan O'Connor and Alissa Scott as Violet Montague.

Production for the film began in late 1997, and filming lasted until late 1998. The film was released in September 1999 at the Montecara Film Festival to critical acclaim, and won the Béco aùreo at the festival. It also won multiple other awards, including several at the Satavian Choice Awards and the Asterian Film Awards. It was released in Satavia and internationally in early October, and grossed nearly €40 Million on it's opening weekend.

The film has become one of the most prominent examples of the Romance Epic genre, and is the highest-grossing Satavian film ever made, in addition to being one of the highest-grossing films of all time. It was selected for preservation in the Satavian Library as a piece of cultural significance. As of March 2021, it is the only film in the Satavian Library's preservation archives.





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A Secret: Music from the Motion Picture
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Soundtrack album by
Released5 October 1999
LabelMountpara Music
Audio Sample
My Heart Will Go On

The soundtrack for the film was composed by Richard Swart, and performed by the Gaullico-Cassien singer Alexandrine Besnard. The film's main theme, That's the Way It Is peaked at number two on musical charts in over twenty countries, whilst the film's love theme, My Heart Will Go On, peaked at number one across thirty countries, including Caldia, Estmere, Gaullica, Nuvania, Satavia, Satucin and Tacunia.

At the Satavian Choice Awards, Asterian Film Awards and the Spálgleann Film Awards the soundtrack won in the category "Best Original Socre" whilst it was nominated for the category at the Samistopol Film Festival and the Metropolitan Film Gala.

A Secret: Music from the Motion Picture - Disc 1
2."A New Friend"1:56
3."Ball Room"4:20
4."The Meeting"7:34
5."Love at first sight"3:28
6."A Dream"0:57
9."Jack's Theme"2:19
10."A Kiss"3:27
11."The Arrest"1:48
12."A Broken Heart"3:29
A Secret: Music from the Motion Picture - Disc 2
1."That's the Way It Is"4:01
2."Tragedy Theme"3:51
3."Ryan & Violet's Theme"7:10
4."My Heart Will Go On"4:40
5."It's All Coming Back to Me Now"7:36