Herself follows the story of Sandra (Clare Dunne), a young Mum struggling to provide her two young daughters with a warm, safe, happy home to grow up in. Sandra has a steely determination to change their lives for the better and when the local council won’t provide that home, she decides to build it herself from scratch. With very little income and no savings, Sandra must use all her ingenuity to make her dream a reality. She must also escape the grip of her possessive ex-husband and keep him away from her and her girls. Sandra draws together a community of friends to support her and ultimately, it is the kindness and generosity of these people and the love of her young daughters that help build her own strength and sense of self.
This inspiring 2020 Irish drama film is directed by Phyllida Lloyd (The Iron Lady, Mamma Mia!), from a screenplay by Malcolm Campbell and Clare Dunne. It stars Dunne, Harriet Walter, and Conleth Hill.
- Starring : Clare Dunne / Harriet Walter
- Genre : Drama
- Country : Ireland / United Kingdom
- Language : English
- Director : Phyllida Lloyd
- Production : BBC Films / British Film Institute (BFI) / Element Pictures / Merman Films / Screen Ireland
- Distributor : Amazon Studios / Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) / Kinepolis Film Distribution (KFD) / Picturehouse Entertainment / Youplanet Pictures
Herself release date
- January 24, 2020 : USA (Sundance Film Festival)
- September 21, 2020 : Spain (Donostia-San Sebastián International Film Festival)
- October 8, 2020 : UK (London Film Festival)
- October 16, 2020 : Ireland
- October 16, 2020 : UK
- Clare Dunne as Sandra
- Harriet Walter as Peggy
- Conleth Hill as Aido
- Molly McCann as Molly Kelly
- Ruby Rose O’Hara as Emma
- Cathy Belton as Jo
- Rebecca O’Mara as Grainne
- Ericka Roe as Amy
- Ian Lloyd Anderson as Gary
- Sean Duggan as Ciaran Crowley
- Aaron Lockhart as Tomo
- Anita Petry as Rosa
- Dmitry Vinokurov as Dariusz
- Frank Prendergast as Dave in Goodwins
- Lucy Parker Byrne
Herself is produced by Rory Gilmartin, Ed Guiney, and Sharon Horgan. It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2020. Shortly after, Amazon Studios acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film.
The drama film Herself won the Human Rights Film Award for Phyllida Lloyd and the Michael Dwyer Discovery award for Clare Dunne at the Dublin International Film Festival 2020. It was also nominated for City of Donostia Audience Award at the San Sebastián International Film Festival 2020.
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