Philomena, a bitter-sweet compelling narrative of human love and loss, and a heart-breaking story that ultimately celebrates life, directed by Stephen Frears (High Fidelity, The Queen) starring Dame Judi Dench (Iris, Skyfall) and Steve Coogan (24 Hour Party People, The Trip) has completed its Northern Ireland shoot.
Philomena is the true story of one mother's search for her lost son. When she falls pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee (played by Judi Dench) was sent to the convent of Roscrea to be looked after as a "fallen woman". Her baby was only a toddler when he was whisked away by the nuns to America for adoption. Philomena spent the next fifty years searching in vain for her son.
She meets Martin Sixsmith (played by Steve Coogan), a world-weary journalist as cynical as Philomena is trusting. Together they set off for America on a journey that will not only reveal the extraordinary story of Philomena's son, but also the surprising relationship that grows up between Philomena and Martin.
The film is produced by Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan and Tracey Seaward and Executive Produced by Baby Cow's Henry Normal, BBC Films' Christine Langan and Pathé's Francois Ivernel and Cameron McCracken. The screenplay is written by Coogan and Jeff Pope (Pierrepoint) and based on the book entitled The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by Martin Sixsmith.
The film was developed with the support of BBC Films and is being financed by BBC Films, the BFI and Pathé. Pathé will distribute the film in the UK and France and will handle sales throughout the rest of the world.
Filming will also take place in London and Washington DC.