Whilst we know all about Steve Coogan‘s comedy talents many may not know of his versatility and deliver something serious as well as dramatic, this November we will see that side of Coogan we don’t see much off. This afternoon we will get a glimpse of his dramatic chops when we enjoy the UK trailer for Philomena.
Starring Dame Judi Dench, Philomena is a tragic true tale set in 1950′s Ireland of Philomena Lee (Dench) who falls pregnant giving birth to a boy in a Catholic home for unmarried mothers. Years later she is forced to give up her child and has to become a nun made to sign a declaration not to ever look for her Son.Years later now living in UK with help from local news reporter Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan) to hunt her son down.
Whilst Look Of Love (and What Maisie Knew out this month)gave us a insight to what Coogan to offer, Philomena is also co-written by Coogan which has even sparked Oscar talk, especially as this film has the emotion levels the Academy love. What mustn’t forget Judi Dench looks like she’ll deliver deeply moving and powerful, if your looking for something with humour, Coogan told Variety….
“The film is a comic tragedy or a tragic comedy,It’s about two very different people, at different stages of their lives, who help each other and show that there is laughter even in the darkest places.”
Philomena arrives in UK on 1st November 2013.
Judi Dench and Steve Coogan play unlikely friends in PHILOMENA, the moving, funny and at times shocking true story of one woman’s search for a lost son.
Directed by BAFTA winner Stephen Frears (The Queen), PHILOMENA will open in the UK and Ireland on 1 November 2013.
Falling pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena was sent to the convent of Roscrea to be looked after as a “fallen woman”. When her baby was only a toddler, he was taken away by the nuns for adoption in America. Philomena spent the next fifty years searching for him but with no success.
Then she met Martin Sixsmith, a world-weary political journalist who happened to be intrigued by her story. Together they set off to America on a journey that would not only reveal the extraordinary story of Philomena’s son, but also create an unexpectedly close bond between Philomena and Martin.
The film is a compelling narrative of human love and loss that ultimately celebrates life, showing that there is laughter even in the darkest places.
Sixsmith’s book “The Lost Child Of Philomena Lee” was published in 2009. It acted as a catalyst for thousands of adopted Irish children and their ‘shamed’ mothers to come forward to tell their stories. Many are still searching for their lost families.