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Eclipse Pictures to Release 'Sanctuary'
27 Jun 2017 :
Sanctuary
Directed by Len Collin and produced by Edwina Forkin (Zanzibar) in association with the Blue Teapot Theatre Company, the film stars Kieran Coppinger and Charlen Kelly (see full cast below).

Set in the world of people with intellectual disabilities, the award-winning 'Sanctuary' 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.

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, and 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? 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.

In 1996 Pascal Duquenne who has Down syndrome, shared the Best Actor Award at Cannes Film Festival with his Le huitième jour co-star Daniel Auteuil.  The filmmakers believe 'Sanctuary' has several such stars in its cast – audiences to date empathise with the characters and leave the cinema feeling that they have been introduced to a world most of us know very little about. 

Disability is a worldwide issue that affects hundreds of millions of families - currently around 10% of the world’s total population, or roughly 650 million people, live with a disability, of which 1-3% have an intellectual disability

Eclipse Pictures are releasing the film on 7th July. The film has a 15A cert. 




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