Stephen Frears UK/USA/France 2013 DCP 98 minutesRated 12A - Contains infrequent strong language and moderate sex referencesCast: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Michelle Fairley, Mare Winningham, Simone Lahbib.
In 1950s Ireland, Catholic authorities shamed thousands of 'fallen' Irish women into giving their children up for adoption, with no hope of ever seeing them again. Philomena Lee was one of these women. Stephen Frears tells her story in this wonderfully engaging, moving and wryly comic drama, adapted by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope from a celebrated book by Martin Sixsmith and featuring tour-de-force performances from Coogan and Judi Dench. After fifty years of fruitless searching for her son's whereabouts, Philomena solicits the help of recently unemployed – and unapologetically cynical – journalist Sixsmith. Initially, they find nothing but burnt documents and tight-lipped nuns at the Roscrea convent where Philomena spent these pivotal years. But just when they think all hope is lost, Sixsmith sparks up a conversation with a local pub owner, who reveals that the convent was in the baby business, selling them to Catholic American couples. So the two embark on a journey to Washington, DC in search of a grown man once known as baby Anthony.
After the screening there will be an open discussion on the issues raised by the film, led by Tim Maguire, Vice-Convenor of the Edinburgh Group and the society's Communications Officer.
After the 5.50 pm screening on Friday 20th September there will be an open discussion on the issues raised by the film, led by a representative of the Humanist Society of Scotland. Humanism is an ethical stance which asserts that we can lead good lives guided by compassion and reason, rather than religion or superstition. Humanists are vitally concerned with issues that affect our world.
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