I just want to talk to you about my son. He was taken from me, and I've been looking for him ever since.

    Philomena Synopsis

    Falling pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to the convent of Roscrea to be looked after as a “fallen woman”.  When her baby was only a toddler, he was whisked away by the nuns to America for adoption. Philomena spent the next fifty years searching for him in vain.

    Then she met Martin Sixsmith, a world-weary journalist as cynical as Philomena was trusting. Together they set off for America on a journey that would not only reveal the extraordinary story of Philomena’s son, but also the powerful bond that grew up between Philomena and Martin – a surprising relationship that was both profoundly moving and very funny.

    The film is a bitter-sweet comedy, a compelling narrative of human love and loss, and a heart-breaking story that ultimately celebrates life. 

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    BAFTA winning Best Adapted Screenplay for Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan. Nominated for 3 ofther BAFTA awards; Best Film, Outstanding British Film, and Best Leading Actress for Judi Dench.

    Nominated for 4 Academy Awards; Best Motion Picture, Best Leading Actress for Judi Dench, Best Adapted Screenplay for Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan, Best Original Score for Alexandre Desplat.

    Winner British Actress of the Year at the London Critics Circle for Judi Dench.

    Nominated for 4 British Independent Film Awards; Best British Independent Film, Best Actress for Judi Dench, Best Actor for Steve Coogan, Best Screenplay for Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan.

    Winner of the Best Screenplay award at Venice Film Festival for Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan.

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    Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Ruth McCabe, Anna Maxwell Martin, Sophie Kennedy Clark


    Stephen Frears


    Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan, Tracey Seaward


    Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope

    Executive Producers:

    Henry Normal, Christine Langan, Francois Ivernel, Cameron McCracken, Carolyn Marks Blackwood

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    Credits summary:

    Pathé, BBC Films and BFI present with the participation of Canal+ and Cine+ A Babycow/Magnolia Mae Production A Film by Stephen Frears



    Running time:

    98 mins

    Release Dates


    1 November 2013

    Out on DVD

    24 March 2014

    Broadcast on

    26 February 2016

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