Sanctuary

Sanctuary

Len Collin (2016)

85min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
TV screenwriter Len Collin's thoughtful, poignant directorial debut reunites the cast of the Blue Teapot Theatre Company's 2012 production of Christian O'Reilly's play about the social and sexual realities of intellectual disability. At its core are Kieran Coppinger (who has Down's syndrome) and epileptic Charlene Kelly as Larry and Sophie, who want to explore the physical side of their relationship despite the law (pre-May 2017) limiting such activity to married couples. While they bribe care worker Robert Doherty into booking them a hotel room, their companions on a cinema trip to Galway slip away to enjoy their own adventures, with Emer Macken and Michael Hayes considering the finer points of flirting, Valerie Egan and Patrick Becker discovering the shopping centre, Jennifer Cox revelling in the Christmas fair, and Frank Butcher and Paul Connolly making the most of a booze offer in a local bar. This deft delight resolutely refuses to patronise the performers or the audience. It has a sincerity, wit and compassion that recalls Justin Edgar's 2005 short film Special People.

Summary

Premiere. Larry has Down's, Sophie has epilepsy, but the pair long to be together. However, they find the world around them is seemingly intent on keeping them apart. Romantic comedy, starring Stephen Marcus, Amy-Joyce Hastings, Kieran Coppinger and Charlene Kelly.

Cast & Crew

Larry Kieran Coppinger
Sophie Charlene Kelly
Tom Robert Doherty
Andrew Patrick Becker
Alice Valerie Egan
William Frank Butcher
Matthew Paul Connolly
Sandy Emer Macken
Rita Jennifer Cox
Peter Michael Hayes
Director Len Collin
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Guerilla FilmsGuidance: SwearingAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 29 Dec 2017
Comedy Drama