Film Info
Event Type:Narrative Feature
Release Year:2013
Run Time:98 minutes
Production Country:United Kingdom, United States
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Stephen Frears
Cast:Judi Dench
Steve Coogan


“Philomena” is the first film in a month-long tribute to Dame Judi Dench with a special “Judi-Judi-Judi” series in April featuring a different Judi Dench film every Monday.

“Philomena” was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score and Best Leading Actress for Judi Dench.

These two unlikely companions are on a journey to find her long lost son.

“Philomena” — based on the incredible true story — is the highly acclaimed comedy from director Stephen Frears starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.

When former journalist Martin Sixsmith (Coogan) is dismissed from the Labor Party in disgrace, he is at a loss as to what do. That changes when a young Irish woman approaches him about a story of her mother, Philomena Lee (Dench). 

In 1952, Irish teenager Philomena became pregnant out of wedlock and was sent to a convent. When her baby, Anthony, was a toddler, the nuns took Philomena's child away from her and put him up for adoption. For the next 50 years, she searched tirelessly for her son.

Martin arranges a magazine assignment about her search for him that eventually leads to America. Along the way, Martin and Philomena discover as much about each other as about her son's fate. Furthermore, both find their basic beliefs challenged.