Philomena

  • Screening Dates: 8th May 2014, 8 pm  //  15th May 2014, 6 pm
  • Starring: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Neve Gachev, Charlie Murphy, Simone Lahbib, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Charles Edwards, Xavier Atkins
  • Directed by: Stephen Frears ('Tamara Drewe', 'The Queen', 'Dirty Pretty Things')
  • Running time: 94 minutes
  • Rating: (M) Offensive language and sexual references
  • Language: English
Synopsis:

These two unlikely companions are on a journey to find her long lost son.

Judi Dench leads this UK drama directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen), the true story of a single mother in search for her adult son, separated after a Christian community forced them apart decades ago. Co-starring and co-written by Steve Coogan, adapting the book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by Martin Sixsmith.

Falling pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee (Dench) was sent to the convent of Roscrea to be looked after as a “fallen woman”. When her baby was only a toddler, he was whisked away by the nuns to America for adoption. Philomena spent the next 50 years searching for him in vain. Then she met Martin Sixsmith (Coogan), a world-weary BBC journalist as cynical as Philomena was trusting. Together they set off for America, forging a bond themselves, to try and find Philomena’s son.