Ireland, Northern Ireland, 2023

Director: Pat Collins; screenplay: Éamon Little, Pat Collins; cinematography: Richard Kendrick; production design: Padraig O’Neill; costumes: Louise Stanton; editing: Keith Walsh; music: Irene Buckley, Linda Buckley; casting: Maureen Hughes; producers: Tina O’Reilly, Brendan J. Byrne, Philip King; production company: South Wind Blows, Cyprus Avenue Films, Harvest Films. Irish location: Co. Galway

Running time: 107’

With Barry Ward, Anna Bederke, Lalor Roddy, Philip Dolan, Seán McGinley, Brendan Conroy, Ruth McCabe, John Olohan, Declan Conlon

Based on John McGahern’s novel “That They May Face the Rising Sun”.


After many years in London, Joe and Kate Ruttledge have returned to the small rural lakeside hamlet 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 that move about them unfolds through the rhythm of work, ritual and the passing seasons.
Adapted from John McGahern’s final novel.


Born in Cork, film critic, festival director and then filmmaker, Pat Collins has directed more than 30 films. The documentary Gabriel Byrne: Stories from Home was presented at IrishFilmFesta in 2008. His other documentaries are dedicated to film director Abbas Kiarostami, Irish writers Frank O’Connor and John McGahern, poetess Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, writer and cartographer Tim Robinson (Tim Robinson: Connemara, presented at IrishFilmFesta in 2012). His first narrative film was Silence (2012), followed by Song of Granite (IrishFilmFesta 2018). After two more documentaries, Henry Glassie: Fieldwork (2019) and The Dance (2020), Collins directed That May Face the Rising Sun, world premiered at the London Film Festival last October.