Get Your Tickets for the Highly Anticipated film That They Might Face The Rising Sun, co-produced by WFT member

That They May Face The Rising Sun, an adaptation of the final novel from John McGahern, directed by Pat Collins and co-produced by WFT member Tina O’Reilly, will be released throughout the island of Ireland from Thursday 25th April. 

The film had its World Premiere at the BFI London Film Festival, won Best Film at the Dublin International Film Festival and has been nominated for 11 awards at the Irish Film and Television Awards. It has been receiving rave reviews including 5 stars from The Irish Times and the Irish Independent.

Watch the trailer here.

The film will have a special Opening Night preview and Q&A at the IFI on Thursday 25th April at 6.20pm – director Pat Collins will be in attendance and tickets are now available to book here. 


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. 

Directed by renowned director Pat Collins the film stars Barry Ward (Jimmy’s Hall, Bad Sisters) and Anna Bederke (Soul Kitchen, Sterben) in the lead roles. Lalor Roddy (Grabbers, God’s Creatures), Sean McGinley (Michael Collins, Braveheart), Ruth McCabe (Philomena, Joy Ride) and first-time actor Phillip Dolan make up the rich cast of supporting characters. 

THAT THEY MAY FACE THE RISING SUN was produced by WFT member Tina O’Reilly  and Brendan J. Byrne and Executive Produced by Philip King with backing from Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland.