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Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Big Nights: Film
Mind the Gap
Special Events
Running Time:97 min.
Director:Phyllida Lloyd
Screenwriter:Clare Dunne
Malcolm Campbell
Cinematographer:Tom Comerford
Cast:Clare Dunne
Harriet Walter
Conleth Hill
Print Source:Amazon Studios
Note Writer:Jesse Knight


Screening note: This digital screening is available to view between 6:00pm PT on Friday, October 9, and 6:00pm PT on Monday, October 12, and is available to ticket buyers and passholders within the United States.


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SPOTLIGHT ON CLARE DUNNE: Delivering an uncompromisingly powerful performance, beloved Irish stage actor Clare Dunne makes a triumphant transition to the silver screen, working from a beautiful and deft script she co-wrote with Malcolm Campbell (What Richard Did). Sandra (Dunne) finds herself and her two spirited young daughters floating between temporary living situations, none of them ideal or sustainable. One night, at the height of desperation, Sandra’s witty and precocious eldest daughter Emma tells a bedtime story and unwittingly gifts her an idea—if the perfect home doesn’t exist, why not build it herself? The third feature from Phyllida Lloyd (Mamma Mia!; The Iron Lady), which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, is a stirring and profoundly empathetic tale of empowerment and reclamation. Offering its subjects and themes the complexity and sensitivity they deserve, Lloyd infuses the film with an uplifting and life-affirming temper, as Dunne gives this soulful drama its tremendous heart.


See also: Herself: Clare Dunne, Spotlight & MVFF Award


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Additional Information

Director Phyllida Lloyd is widely known for her award-winning work in theatre, opera, and film. Her theatre work includes the all-female Shakespeare Trilogy (Donmar Warehouse/St. Ann’s Warehouse), global musical hit Mamma Mia!, and current Broadway and West End success Tina: The Tina Turner Musical. Her films include Mamma Mia! (2008) and The Iron Lady (2011), which went on to win an Academy Award® for Best Actress for its star, Meryl Streep.