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Film: Sanctuary national cinema release

7 Jul - 8 Aug 2017 (Past)

Larry and Sophie are in love. They bribe the feckless Tom to book them into a hotel for an afternoon tryst and look forward to getting to know each other, like countless couples before them.

But Larry and Sophie aren’t any couple; they both have intellectual disabilities and Tom is their care worker. By attempting to be intimate, they aren’t just breaking the rules – they’re breaking the law.

Sanctuary national cinema release at select Irish cinemas has been extended

Sanctuary opens at the following cinemas and will tour nationwide:
Opens 7th July (extended for second week): Eye Galway; IMC Dun Laoghaire; IMC Galway; Irish Film Institute; Light House; Movies @ Dundrum.
21st – 27th July: Gate Multiplex, Cork.
8th August: Birr Theatre and Arts Centre.

Keep an eye on Sanctuary Facebook page for information as more screenings are announced.

Director: Len Collin
Writer: Christian O’Reilly
Cast: Kieran Coppinger, Charlene Kelly, Robert Doherty, Michael Hayes, Emer Macken, Paul Connolly, Frank Butcher, Patrick Becker, Jennifer Cox, and Valerie Egan.

Duration 87 mins

Irish Examiner  ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
“The most heart-breaking and heart-warming movie you’ll see all year.” Declan Burke
“A nuanced, gripping blend of black comedy, farce and hard-hitting social commentary, Sanctuary already has a strong claim on Irish Movie of the Year.” Declan Burke
Irish Times ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
“a must-see knockabout comedy” Tara Brady
Sunday Times ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
“Visually delightful, emotionally sure and morally fierce, it is the birth of a new and brilliant talent in debut director Len Collin.” Katy Hayes
RTE Entertainment ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
“Manages to deliver serious food for thought” Paddy Kehoe
The Evening Herald ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
“A wonderful film.” Chris Wasser
Sunday World ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
“Funny, moving and Brave” Esther McCarthy
Irish Independent ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
“Smart, well-paced and extremely funny – an Irish film to be proud of” Paul Whitington
Sunday Business Post ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
“Courageous and insightful – A remarkable film.” John Maguire
Movies.ie ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
“a lovely, ambitious project that is full of charm.” Brogen Hayes
RTE Guide ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
“a moving and funny love story” Michael Doherty

Watch: Trailer for Sanctuary

A scene from Sanctuary shows care worker Tom in the cinema with the group

Witty and heart-warming, the award-winning Sanctuary is a fresh and beautifully acted ensemble piece from director Len Collin.

Gráinne Humphreys, Festival Director, Audi Dublin Film Festival

Kieran Coppinger, playing lover Larry, the co-lead role in Sanctuary.


Blue Teapot Theatre Company
Len Collin