The first trailer has just been released today forPhilomena starring Judi Dench. Looks like Anna Maxwell Martin (who is currently filming and and will be playing Elizabeth Darcy in the upcoming BBC One/PBS Masterpiece 3-part Drama Death Comes to Pemberley) is co-starring with Dame Judi Dench in this film.Philomena is going to debut and premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival (which runs from Sept. 5-15th) under Special Presentations. It'll be showing in UK Cinemas November 1st. No theatrical release date for the U.S. yet.
Based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, this film focuses on the efforts of Philomena Lee (Judi Dench), mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock — something Philomena’s Irish-Catholic community didn’t have the highest opinion of — and given away for adoption in the United States. Following church doctrine, she was forced to sign a contract that wouldn’t allow for any sort of inquiry into her son’s whereabouts. After starting a family years later in England and, for the most part, moving on with her life, Philomena meets Sixsmith (Steve Coogan), a BBC reporter with whom she decides to track down her long-lost son.
Watch the trailer for Philomena below...
Philomena trailer screen captures