Thursday 7th Apr 2022
  • Cinema

Access Cinema presents Herself

Having fled her abusive ex-partner Gary, single mother Sandra finds herself trapped in temporary accommodation with her two daughters. Left with few viable options, she draws inspiration from one of her daughter’s bedtime stories and hits upon the idea of self-building an affordable home.

With very little financial support Sandra must use all her ingenuity and call on friends, old and new to support her and lend a helping hand. At the same time, she must continue to keep Gary at bay and protect her children from the bureaucracy that would see their custody handed over to their father.

Claire Dunne gives a quietly powerful performance in this warm drama about finding the strength to ask for help.

Winner –  Human Rights Film Award, Dublin International Film Festival 2020
Winner – Michael Dwyer Discovery Award, Clare Dunne, Dublin International Film Festival 2020
Winner – Best Script for Film, Irish Film and Television Awards 2020

‘’★★★★ Writer-star Clare Dunne shines in this irresistible drama… it hits the emotional beats with gusto throughout.‘’ – Donald Clarke, The Irish Times

‘’ Lloyds feature strikes a fine balance between all of life’s ups and downs, illustrated by Sandra’s unfortunately relatable traumas and a series of stellar performances.” -Kate Erbland, Indiewire

Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Cast: Claire Dunne, Harriet Walter, Conleth Hill, Cathy Belton
97 minutes,
Ireland, UK,

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