Larry and Sophie are in love. What could be more natural for them than to want to be alone, together? 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. While Larry and Sophie try to figure out their feelings, their future, and how to use a condom, their friends from the training center escape the not-so-watchful eye of Tom and go on a joyful rampage through Galway. Both hilarious and heartbreaking, Sanctuary is a truly subversive piece of cinema about two young people trying to be together, in a world doing everything to keep them apart.
Join us for the opening night of the 2018 festival with special guests Kieran Coppinger, lead actor of Sanctuary, and Len Collin, director of Sanctuary. Reception with light bites to follow. ReelAbilities Film Festival is dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories, and artistic expression of people with different disabilities from a variety of communities.
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Co-presented with ReelAbilities Film Festival, the Irish Consulate and the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Council
Kieran has a number of stage appearances to date including ugly sister Druzila in Cinders, Paraicin in Lock Up Those Auld Comedians and Doug the hapless theatre technician in Fool Me? Roles in A Midsummer Night’s Dream playing lover Lysander, Francis Flute and Cobweb have demonstrated Kieran’s ability and range from stage, street spectacles, work as an Extra (Ros na Rún & Fair City) to staged reading of a screenplay (lead role of Tom in 84). Most prominently, Kieran took the co-lead role in Sanctuary, playing lover Larry. Kieran also featured significantly in the IFTA award winning RTE Documentary Somebody To Love(Wildfire Films) alongside his Blue Teapot colleagues. Kieran plays Larry in the feature film of Sanctuary (2016/2017), based on the original stage play.
Sanctuary is Len's first feature as a director. Winning Best First Film at the Galway Film Fleadh, and Best Director at Newport Beach. Sanctuary was voted Best Irish Film 2017 by the Dublin Film Critics Circle and separately by the readers of the Irish Times Ticket Awards. As an actor, Len has appeared in many TV shows and films including A Touch of Frost, Call Red, Dot the I, High Heels and Low Life’s. However Len is best known as a screenwriter and has written for a plethora of television series over the years. He has been responsible for over fifty episodes of The Bill, other credits include Ultimate Force, London’s Burning, Deception, Eastenders, Soldier Soldier, Thief Takers and The Chief.
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