Sanctuary Film

Sanctuary Film

World Premiere:

10th July Galway Film Fleadh

8.30pm Town Hall Theatre

WINNER Dublin Film Critics Choice : The Michael Dwyer Discovery Award – awarded to the cast of Blue Teapot.



Irish Examiner ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
The most heart-breaking and heart-warming movie you’ll see all year. “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. 

Irish Times ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
A must-see knockabout comedy 

Sunday Times ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Visually delightful, emotionally sure and morally fierce, it is the birth of a new and brilliant talent in debut director Len Collin.

RTE Entertainment ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Manages to deliver serious food for thought

The Evening Herald ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
A wonderful film.

Sunday World ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Funny, moving and Brave

Irish Independent ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Smart, well-paced and extremely funny – an Irish film to be proud of

Sunday Business Post ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Courageous and insightful – A remarkable film. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
A lovely, ambitious project that is full of charm.

RTE Guide ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
A moving and funny love story


Sanctuary Trailer from Len Collin on Vimeo.

Sanctuary EPK from Len Collin on Vimeo.

Producer: Edwina Forkin

Zanzibar Films in association with Blue Teapot Theatre Company

Director: Len Collin

Screenplay: Christian O’Reilly


Creative Consultant: Petal Pilley


Director of Photography: Russell Gleeson

Production Design: Eleanor Woods

Editor: Julian Ulrich

Costume: Sonja Mohlich

Composer: Joe Conlon 


Principle Cast:  Patrick Becker, Frank Butcher, Paul Connolly, Kieran Coppinger, Jennifer Cox, Valerie Egan, Michael Hayes, Charlene Kelly, Emer Macken and Robert Doherty.

Also: Karen Murphy, Stephen Marcus, Eileen Gibbons, Tara Breathnach, Garrett Phillips, Orla McGovern, Caroline Grace-Cassidy, Christopher Dunne and Richard Hickey.


 Synopsis: Set in the world of people with intellectual disabilities, this is a touching and funny love story about Larry and Sophie, two people who long to be together in a world that does everything to keep them apart.


Screenings to date:

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7th July – Irish Theatrical Release – in select cinemas nationwide

22nd & 25th April – Newport Beach Film Festival, USA

8th April  – Melbourne, Australia (IFFA)

31st March  –  Eye Cinema Galway. Matinee 3.30 pm & Evening Gala 7.15 pm

31st March – Sydney, Australia – Irish Film Festival Australia

30th March – Irish Film Festa, Rome, Italy

15th March – Nordic Film Festival, Luxembourg City

USA: Boston Irish Film Festival, 26th March, Chicago Irish Film Festival 3rd March,  Reelabilities Festival: New York 2/4/7 March 2017

Dublin International Film Festival 18 February 2017, Lighthouse Cinema

Festival Crossing The Line, Roubaix, France 26th January 2017