Falling pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena was sent to the convent of Roscrea to be looked after as a “fallen woman”. When her baby was only a toddler, he was taken away by the nuns for adoption in America. Philomena spent the next fifty years searching for him but with no success. Then she met Martin Sixsmith, a world-weary political journalist who happened to be intrigued by her story. Together they set off to America on a journey that would not only reveal the extraordinary story of Philomena’s son, but also create an unexpectedly close bond between Philomena and Martin. The film is a compelling narrative of human love and loss that ultimately celebrates life, showing that there is laughter even in the darkest places. 2013 Philomena Lee Limited, Pathé Productions Limited, British Film Institute and British Broadcasting Corporation.

Released: 24/03/2013    Certificate: 12A

Dir. Stephen Frears, UK | US | France, 2013, 98 mins

Cast: Michelle Fairley, Judi Dench, Steve Coogan


  • Feature Commentary by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope
  • The Journey Of PHILOMENA
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Audio Description

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