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Philomena @ LFE film evenings

LFE Film Evenings will feature on Thursday 3 April 2014 "Philomena"

Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in 'Philomena'

Philomena is an adaptation of the book by the BBC foreign correspondent, turned spin doctor, Martin Sixsmith. It tells of how he helped track down a retired Irish nurse's son who had been sold for adoption by nuns 50 years before. Directed by Stephen Frears, it is comfortably his best since The Queen.
Judi Dench is effortlessly moving as the tough-minded, elderly Irish woman Philomena Lee, seeking to learn about the fate of her baby boy taken away from her in the 1950s. Steve Coogan gives an intelligently judged supporting contribution as the journalist who helps her.
As a teenage unmarried mother, she had been forced to put up her child for adoption, while working in one of the Irish Republic's penitential Magdalene laundries. These cottage industries of shame and self-hate were run by nuns and priest, who had a nasty secret of their own: they discreetly accepted substantial sums of money from America's childless Catholic couples. It was a baby-farm business model that ran on cruelty and hypocrisy.
It's a powerful and heartfelt drama, based on a real case, with a sledgehammer emotional punch and a stellar performance from Judi Dench, along with an intelligently judged supporting contribution from Steve Coogan.
Running time: 1hr. 40min.
Venue: the Parish Hall, Kings Drive, LFE. Cost: £5.
Doors open at 7.00pm when a complimentary hot drink and biscuits will be provided. The film will start at 7.30pm.

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