Featuring a cast composed mostly of intellectually disabled actors, Sanctuary explores, with compassion, understanding and considerable humour, challenges faced by intellectually disabled individuals in Ireland today, particularly when they fall in love. Larry has Downs. Sophie has severe epilepsy. The two are attracted to each other and, with the help of care worker Tom, they sneak away to a hotel room during a supervised trip to the cinema. This is a sexual awakening story with a twist – sex between adults with intellectual disabilities in Ireland was illegal. Hilarious and heart-breaking, 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.
Sanctuary has helped to effect a law change in Ireland. Under section 5 of the Criminal Law Act (Sexual Offences) 1993 it was illegal for two people with an intellectual disability to have an intimate relationship. In February 2017, in response to this film and the play it hails from, this law was amended.
Pricing for 12/2/2018 at 11:00: £7 (includes tea/filter coffee and a pastry)
Pricing for 14/2/2018 at 18:00: £7, Concession £6.50, Child Under 16 £5
Pricing for 15/2/2018 at 14:30: £7, Concession £6.50, Child Under 16 £5