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#IrishFilm: Award-winning Irish film Sanctuary goes on tour

The Audi Dublin International Film Festival brings one of the most original, freshest and funniest Irish romantic comedies of recent years, Len Collin’s Sanctuary to the Light House Cinema as part of the main festival and, in collaboration with access>CINEMA, to three regional venues, on a special tour which has been supported by the Arts Council Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme.

Len Collin’s Sanctuary is a big screen adaptation of a hit play from Blue Teapot Theatre Company, Performing Arts School & Outreach programme for people with intellectual disabilities at the forefront of arts & disability in Ireland. The film premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh in 2016 where it won the Best First Irish Feature Award.

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.

Commenting on the shifting legal situation Inclusion Ireland Campaigns & Policy Lead Sarah Lennon said

Sanctuary brings light to the uncertain legal landscape for people with intellectual disabilities who wish to have intimate relationships. The timing of the Festival Tour with ADIFF and access>CINEMA will coincide with a law reform in the guise of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2015 which is expected in the next week and will create improved legal certainty about who can and cannot have intimate, sexual relationships. There remains a lot to do and it is important that artists like Len Collin and Blue Teapot continue their advocacy.


Audi Dublin International Film Festival Screening
Sat 18th February | 20:30 | Light House Cinema
Smithfield Square, Dublin 7
Booking / information: 01 687 7974


Tour Schedule
Mon 20th February | 20:00 | Pavilion Theatre
Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Booking / information: 01 231 2929

Tue 21st February | 20:00 |Droichead Arts Centre
Stockwell Street, Drogheda, Co. Louth
Booking / information: 041 98 33946

Wed 22nd February | 20:00 |Riverbank Arts Centre
Main Street, Newbridge, Co. Kildare
Booking / information: 045 448327