The Sparrow

63rd TIFF: Greek Premiere

Michael Kinirons mobilizes the psychological schema of unbearable guilt poised against the relief that an eventual confession and forgiveness may bring, to tell the story of Kevin. Kevin must watch in horror as the consequences of his lie unfold before his eyes, his only friend being a single bird, a little sparrow that he keeps locked inside his room. The Sparrow is a fascinating exploration of problematic male dynamics inside the family and the destructive consequences of lies, secrecy, and the fear of a father’s authority.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Michael Kinirons
Script: Michael Kinirons
Cinematography: Richard Kendrick
Editing: John Walters
Sound: Aza Hand
Music: Christopher White
Actors: Ollie West, David O'Hara, Éanna Hardwicke, Isabelle Connolly, Dara Devaney, Mark O'Halloran
Production: Tiger Darling Productions
Producers: Alicia Ní Ghráinne
Costumes: Aisling Wallace Byrne
Production Design: Martin Goulding
Executive producer: Lesley McKimm, John Kelleher, David O’Hara
Make Up: Linda Mooney
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Ireland
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 92΄
Contact: Bankside Films

Michael Kinirons

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. He has had projects selected for the Torino Film Lab, eQuinoxe, the Britlist and is a Berlinale Talent Campus alumni. Michael’s first produced feature as screenwriter, Strangerland, an Australian set mystery drama starring Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving and Joe Fiennes, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, in 2015. As a director, Michael’s five short films have each had successful runs on the international festival circuit with Lowland Feel winning the Special Jury Prize at the Seattle Int’l Film Festival in 2009 among other awards.


2004 Falling Angels (short)
2007 Treeclimber (short)
2008 Lowland Fell (short)
2012 I Cant See You Anymore (short)
2022 The Sparrow