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64th BFI London Film Festival - Herself (15)

64th BFI London Film Festival - Herself

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Thursday 8 Oct 202019:15 Book Now (Closed)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 38m

Screening as part of the BFI London Film Festival 2020.

The 64th BFI London Film Festival (7 to 18 October) is all across the UK, inviting you to experience the world’s best new films wherever you are. Twelve days of UK premieres are available to enjoy online via BFI Player or in cinemas at BFI Southbank, around London, and throughout the UK.

Herself is one of only thirteen films selected to screen in cinemas.
Part of the ‘Love’ strand.

Phyllida Lloyd (The Iron Lady, 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. 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.