Magnolia Acquires ‘In Loco Parentis (School Life)’

Magnolia Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to In Loco Parentis (School Life), the documentary that bowed at the Sundance Film Festival last month. Neasa Ní Chianáin directed and David Rane co-directed and produced the pic, which follows a year in the lives of Amanda and John Leyden, an inspirational teaching couple at Headfort, an unconventional (and the only) primary-age boarding school in the village of Kells, Ireland, and the students under their charge. It focuses on their progressive methods of elementary education. Magnolia plans a theatrical release this year.     source: Deadline Holywood


Hot on the heels of critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival, we are thrilled to announce four special event screenings of In Loco Parentis (School Life) at selected Omniplex cinemas, early next month.

Audiences will also have the opportunity to meet the filmmakers at the 6.30pm screenings on 6 March Omniplex, Rathmines, 7 March Omniplex Dundalk, 8 March, Omniplex, Cork and 9 March, Omniplex, Limerick.

These screenings follow the sell-out Irish premiere of the film at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival on 20 February and a further festival screening on Thurs. 23 February 2pm at the Light House Cinema (some tickets still available).

In Loco Parentis (School Life) follows a year in the life of some remarkable teachers and their students as they thrive at the unique Headfort School, Ireland’s only boarding school for primary aged students.

It has been wowing audiences and critics alike since its world premiere at the IDFA International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam last November followed by a North American premiere at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival last month.

‘Completely charming’, ‘a film sure to warm even the most jaded heart,’ ‘a  delightful crowd pleaser’, ‘tons of charm’, ‘an antidote to the dark times we live in’  is just some of what the critics have been saying.

Let your friends know and don’t miss the opportunity to see this very special film at a cinema near you!

In Loco Parentis – Official Trailer from Curator on Vimeo.