Picturehouse Entertainment and Element Distribution have announced that Phyllida Lloyd‘s powerful and critically acclaimed, female-driven drama, HERSELF, will be released in UK and Irish cinemas from Friday 10 September 2021.
The film received its world premiere to widespread acclaim at Sundance Film Festival 2020 and received its UK premiere at the 2020 London Film Festival.
HERSELF is stars Clare Dunne in an extraordinary central performance, alongside Harriet Walter and Conleth Hill.
HERSELF follows the story of Sandra (Clare Dunne), who on the surface of it, is a young Mum struggling to provide her two young daughters with a warm, safe, happy home to grow up in. Beneath the surface, Sandra has a steely determination to change their lives for the better and when it becomes clear that there are no other options left to her, she decides to build it herself from scratch, drawing together a community of friends to support her.
HERSELF was co-written by Clare Dunne and Malcolm Campbell (What Richard Did), and co-developed by Element Pictures and Merman. The film is produced by Academy Award® nominee Ed Guiney (The Favourite, The Lobster) and Rory Gilmartin (Rosie) for Element, together with BAFTA award-winning actress, writer, producer and director Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe, Divorce).
Clelia Mountford (Motherland, There She Goes) from Merman, Element Pictures’ Andrew Lowe, BBC Films’ Rose Garnett, Cornerstone Films’ Alison Thompson, Mary Burke from the BFI and Lesley McKimm from Screen Ireland are executive producers.
The film was developed with BBC Films and Screen Ireland and production was backed by Screen Ireland, BBC Films and the BFI (with National Lottery funding).