That They May Face the Rising Sun

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Director(s)Pat Collins
Writer(s)Eamon Little, Pat Collins
CountryIreland, UK
Running Time1HR 47MINS
SeasonMain Programme

Capturing a year in the life of a rural, lakeside community in late 1970s Ireland, That They May Face The Rising Sun is a sensitive and beautifully realised adaptation of the last novel by John McGahern.

Joe (Barry Ward) and Kate (Anna Bederke) have returned from London to live and work in a small, close-knit community in rural Ireland, close to where Joe grew up. He’s a writer, she’s an artist who retains part ownership of a London gallery.

Now embedded in a remote lakeside setting, the drama of a year in their lives and those of their neighbours unfolds through the rituals of work, play and the passing seasons.

A delicate, meditative exploration of ritual, community bonds, and the question of how best to live.

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