Herself

classified 15
Film

Please note: This was screened in Sept 2021

Director
Phyllida Lloyd
Cast
Molly McCann, Clare Dunne, Ruby Rose O'Hara
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.