The Sparrow

Ireland, 2022

Director: Michael Kinirons; screenplay: Michael Kinirons; cinematography: Richard Kendrick; production design: Martin Goulding; editing: John Walter; music: Christopher White; casting: Emma Gunnery; producer: Alicia Ní Ghráinne; production company: Tiger Darling Productions; Italian distribution: DNC Entertainment Factory. Irish location: West Cork

Running time: 92’

With Ollie West, David O’Hara, Éanna Hardwicke, Isabelle Connolly, Aisling O’Sullivan, Dara Devaney, Mark O’Halloran

Italian premiere in partnership with DNC Entertainment Factory and RaiPlay


Kevin Coyle lives in a dysfunctional household where grieving the death of his mother is forbidden by his father, Larry, an ex-soldier. Kevin is also used to living in his brother Robbie’s shadow, so he is surprised when Hanna, a newcomer to this West Cork parish, seems to prefer his company. Kevin then discovers that Robbie and Hanna have fallen for each other. His life takes a fateful turn when, on confronting Robbie while out on a fishing trip, he inadvertently causes his death. Unable to confront what he’s done, Kevin does something unforgivable…


Michael Kinirons is an Irish screenwriter and director. He studied English and Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin and went on to study directing at the prestigious National Film and Television School, (NFTS) London. Michael’s first produced feature as screenwriter, Strangeland, an Australian set mystery drama starring Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving and Joseph Fiennes, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, 2015. As a director, Michael’s five short films have each had successful runs on the international festival circuit. The Sparrow is his debut feature as writer/director.