Sanctuary receives access>CINEMA's Michael Dwyer Award for 2017

Sanctuary receives access>CINEMA's Michael Dwyer Award for 2017

The recipient of access>CINEMA's 2017 Michael Dwyer Award is Len Collin's Sanctuary.

Established in 2010 as a tribute to Michael Dwyer, the film correspondent of The Irish Times and access>CINEMA’s former Honorary President, the Award recognises the Irish film that has made the most impact on the access>CINEMA circuit during the year.

Previous recipients have included His & Hers (Ken Wardrop), Good Vibrations (Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn), Unbreakable (Ross Whitaker) and The Queen of Ireland (Conor Horgan).

Sanctuary was chosen for its heart-warming, witty, compassionate and truely unique story, which touched, engaged and informed audiences across the access>CINEMA network in 2017, as it bravely and sensitively explored the challenges faced by intellectually disabled individuals in Ireland today, particularly in regard to the specific issues they encounter if they wish to pursue a consensual sexual relationship.

Producer Edwina Forkin was presented with the Award at the opening night of access>CINEMA's VIEWING:SESSIONS weekend in Portlaoise.

Sanctuary's producer Edwina Forkin receive's the 2017 Michael Dwyer award from MPLC's Geraldine Byrne.

The Michael Dwyer Award is presented with the support of the Motion Picture Licencing Company (MPLC).