That They May Face the Rising Sun

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Capturing a year in the life of a rural, lakeside community in Ireland in the 1970’s, That They May Face The Rising Sun is an adaptation of the final novel from John McGahern, one of Ireland’s greatest novelists. Joe and Kate Ruttledge have returned from London to live and work among the small, close-knit community near to where Joe grew up. Now deeply embedded in life around the lake, the drama of a year in their lives and those of the memorable characters around them unfolds through the rituals of work, play and the passing seasons as this enclosed world becomes an everywhere.

Genre: Drama

Production Details

Director: Pat Collins
Cast: Barry Ward, Anna Bederke, Lalor Roddy, Sean McGinley, Ruth McCabe

Technical Details

Length: 107 mins
Certificate: TBC
Format: DCP
Language: English


Date: 26th April 2024


“Reminds us to live as best we can, while we can”

— Business Post

“a lyrical, loving celebration of the everyday… beautifully realised and quietly beguiling”

— Screen International

Quietly magnificent

— The Sunday Independent

Conic – England, Scotland, Wales

Break Out Pictures – ROI, Northern Ireland