Sanctuary (2017)

Larry has Down syndrome, Sophie has severe epilepsy.  The two are attracted to each other and, through a care worker Tom, they sneak away to a hotel room during a supervised trip to the cinema.  What do they do once they are there?  How do they express a love that dare not speak its name?  Are they aware that in Ireland they are about to break the law?
 
While these questions are posed the rest of their colleagues seek out their own challenges: an impromptu shopping trip, pints in the pub, and a surreptitious cuddle in front of a movie screen.  Dave Allen once said “the secret of comedy is small victories” and these mini triumphs offset the dramatic challenges that take place in a Galway hotel room between two lovers who refuse to be defined by their disabilities.
 
How often can it truly be said that a film has the impact to change lives?   Never before has such a strong cast of intellectually disabled actors been drawn together for a feature film.  The cast have worked together for many years and are experienced actors and performers, all members of the award-winning Blue Teapot Theatre Company based in Galway.  Sanctuary writer Christian and director Len, have worked with this troupe of actors for many years.  The script has been tailored to their specific talents and abilities - this is a unique and very special project.



RELEASE DATE:
July 07,2017

STARING:
Kieran Coppinger, Charlene Kelly, Patrick Becker, Valerie Egan, Robert Doherty, Jennifer Cox, Paul Connolly, Frank Butcher, Emer Macken, Michael Hayes, Karen Murphy

DIRECTED BY:
Len Collin

RUNNING TIME:
90 Minutes
Sanctuary