Philomena – 5th May – 8pm

Based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, PHILOMENA focuses on the efforts of Philomena Lee (Judi Dench), mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock – something her Irish-Catholic community didn’t have the highest opinion of – and given away for adoption in the United States. In following church doctrine, she was forced to sign a contract that wouldn’t allow for any sort of inquiry into the son’s whereabouts. After starting a family years later in England and, for the most part, moving on with her life, Lee meets Sixsmith (Steve Coogan), a BBC reporter with whom she decides to discover her long-lost son.

Directed by Stephen Frears and starring Judi Dench & Steve Coogan, this film has achieved a raft of awards in its journey to hit the public hard with another story of Irish embarassment over illegitimate children.

Steve Coogan and Judi Dench

PHILOMENA

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