Herself

Herself

classified 15

The BFI London Film Festival… in Bristol

Film

Thu 8 Oct 18:40, 19:00, 19:30

Director:
Phyllida Lloyd
Cast:
Harriet Walter, Conleth Hill, Cathy Belton
Details:
97 mins, 2020, Ireland / UK
Primary language:
English

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 (Clare 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 (Harriet 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.


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Audio Description
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Dubbed
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Descriptive Subtitling
Intro
Introductory Talk
QA
Q&A Session
R
Recorded
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Subtitled
PS
Partially Subtitled
Times TBC
To be confirmed
CTBA
Certificate to be announced