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Herself (15*)

BFI London Film Festival 2020

A still from the film Herself

Phyllida Lloyd (Mamma Mia!) reunites with her all-female Shakespeare collaborators, Clare Dunne and Harriet Walter, for a stirring drama about a woman who refuses to be broken.

Sandra (Dunne) is a young, Dublin-based Mum struggling to provide her two young daughters with a safe, happy home after leaving an abusive relationship. When it becomes clear that the local council won’t provide that home, she decides to build one herself.

With very little income and a menacing ex-husband a threat to her happiness, Sandra calls on the support of a new community of friends, including her employer Peggy (Walter).

As a first time screenwriter (working in collaboration with Malcom Campbell), Dunne impresses with her finely-crafted story of darkness and eventual triumph. And as an actor she energises this drama, utterly convincing as a woman beaten down by circumstance and failures of the State, but defiantly refusing to give up.

Ireland/UK 2020 Dir Phyllida Lloyd 98 min

Please note: this film contains scenes of domestic abuse.

This is a Captioned Screening

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