Philomena Bonus Feature - Go behind the scenes with Philomena writer/actor Steve Coogan as he reveals what interested him about the story and that Dame Judi Dench was the 'dream choice' for the title role. Now playing On Demand.
Philomena: Controversy. Director Stephen Frears, writer/actor Steve Coogan and actress Sophie Kennedy Clark all offer their input on the religious controversy in Philomena.
Philomena: Casting Philomena. Writer/actor Steve Coogan discusses why he wrote the title character in Philomena with Judi Dench in mind.
They had found their place in World War II – brilliant women with brilliant minds, breaking
codes at Bletchley Park that would help the Allies win the war. But when the war was over...
Four graduates of Bletchley Park now at a loose end in a thankless world, have turned their
razor-sharp minds to solving crime. When one of their own, Alice Merren, is imprisoned
and charged with murder, Jean reunites Lucy, Susan and Millie in an attempt to prove
their comrade’s innocence but there are dark forces at work at the heart of the military
establishment out to stop them.
With Susan called overseas, a new partner joins the Bletchley Circle. When Millie is kidnapped, brutalised and threatened by a Maltese gang that she has discovered trafficking young girls from Eastern Europe, the ladies must work fast – and undercover – if they are to save lives and not be thwarted by bribery and corruption at the heart of Scotland Yard.
Based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, PHILOMENA focuses on the efforts of Philomena Lee (Dench), mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock - something her Irish-Catholic community didn't have the highest opinion of - and given away for adoption in the United States. In following church doctrine, she was forced to sign a contract that wouldn't allow for any sort of inquiry into the son's whereabouts. After starting a family years later in England and, for the most part, moving on with her life, Lee meets Sixsmith (Coogan), a BBC reporter with whom she decides to discover her long-lost son.
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Millie s import/export sideline leads to her abduction by a crime ring involved in trading perfume, cigarettes and stockings and in human trafficking. After her release, Millie is determined to help those sold into prostitution. Millie, Jean, Lucy and Alice decide to tip off Customs and Excise to intercept a contraband shipment and catch the traffickers.
Judi Dench stars in the story of Philomena Lee, mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock and given up for adoption. Nearly 50 years later, Philomena meets Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan), a former BBC reporter looking for his next big story. Together, they embark on a journey to locate her long lost son. As the pieces of the puzzle come together, the unlikely travel companions form a comic and heartwarming friendship. Based on the 2009 investigative book by Martin Sixsmith ‘The Lost Child of Philomena Lee’, the film adaptation has been hailed as “a triumph for Judi Dench. Brilliant. A performance of grace, nuance and cinematic heroism.” (Mary Corliss, TIME MAGAZINE)
Academy Award-Winner Judi Dench stars as Philomena, a woman who alongside a grumpy reporter (Steve Coogan) journeys to America to find the child she put up for adoption so many years ago.
Pregnant, unmarried teenagers were not well-regarded in Philomena Lee's 1950's Irish Catholic community in England. Forced to give her son up for adoption in the United States, Philomena (Judi Dench) was also made to sign a contract forbidding her from any inquiry into his whereabouts. Years later, after starting a family in England and for the most part moving on with her life, Lee meets Sixsmith (Steve Coogan of TROPIC THUNDER), a BBC reporter with whom she decides to journey to America to finally discover her long-lost son. Based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith, "The Lost Child of Philomena Lee," PHILOMENA takes you along on that emotional trip.
Anne Hathaway gives a radiant performance as a young, lovestruck Jane Austen in the witty and engaging romantic comedy Becoming Jane. It's the untold romance that inspired the novels of one of the worlds most celebrated authors. When the dashing Tom Lefroy a reckless and penniless lawyertobe, enters Jane's life, he offends the emerging writer s sense and sensibility. Soon their clashing egos set off sparks that ignite a passionate romance and fuel Jane s dream of doing the unthinkable marrying for love.
Meet twentyish Jane Austen: in love...and on a path that would lead her to Pride and Prejudice. Anne Hathaway plays romantic, observant Jane in a cinematic imagining of her life.
Anne Hathaway (THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, THE PRINCESS DIARIES) gives a radiant performance as a young, love-struck Jane Austen in the witty and engaging romantic comedy BECOMING JANE from Miramax Films. It's the untold romance that inspired the novels of one of the world's most celebrated authors. When the dashing Tom Lefroy (James McAvoy, THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND), a reckless and penniless lawyer-to-be, enters Jane's life, he offends the emerging writer's sense and sensibility. Soon their clashing egos set off sparks that ignite a passionate romance and fuel Jane's dream of doing the unthinkable -- marrying for love. BECOMING JANE, also starring the acclaimed Maggie Smith, James Cromwell and Julie Walters, is an enchanting and imaginative film you'll fall head over heels for.
From PBS: The women realize there’s corruption in the vice squad and decide to intercept the crime ring themselves, with Jean posing as a potential client. Lucy manages to memorize Marta’s ledger, but it’s written in machine code. Returning to Bletchley Park, they locate an old Enigma machine, break the code and tip off Customs and Excise. But Marta is on to them.
From PBS - The women realize there's corruption in the vice squad and decide to intercept the crime ring themselves.
From PBS - Millie is abducted and taken to a seedy hotel, where she meets a young Eastern European girl who indicates that the crime ring is involved in sex trafficking.
From PBS: Millie is abducted and taken to a seedy hotel, where she meets a young Eastern European girl who indicates that the crime ring is involved in sex trafficking. Jasper, Millie’s black market partner who was caught skimming money, has also been kidnapped and badly beaten. Millie persuades Marta, the crime family matriarch, to let her take over Jasper’s operation. After her release, Millie convinces Alice, Jean and Lucy that they should help the trafficked girls. The four women make a horrifying discovery.
From PBS - Alice is facing the gallows -- it's a race against time to prove her innocence and save her life.
From PBS: Alice is facing the gallows — it’s a race against time to prove her innocence and save her life. Through a search of documents and confidential police information, the women believe the murder was part of a wider military cover-up. When Susan gains entry to a military hospital, she learns the truth. Meanwhile, the other women’s lives are in danger.
From PBS - Since Alice refuses to participate in her own defense, the women begin to investigate the murder.
From PBS: Since Alice refuses to participate in her own defense, the women begin to investigate the murder. Clues found in the murdered man’s house lead to Lizzie, a woman with whom he had a relationship. In Lizzie’s apartment, the women find a classified military file and press clippings relating to a chemical spill. Eventually they track down Lizzie, who fears her life is in danger. Susan deduces why Alice is willing to face the death penalty.
Susan tells the other women that she came face to face with the killer — and he let her go. It soon becomes apparent that he’s becoming obsessed with her. Following the death of a former spy who had been helpful in identifying the perpetrator, the women consider whether to continue their pursuit, but they know if they don’t find the killer, he’ll move somewhere else and more girls will die. Their investigation resumes. Cleverly planting false clues, the murderer leads Susan into a trap.
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As Susan and her friends close in on the killer of five girls, a shocking discovery tests their theories and forces them to set a dangerous trap.
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Susan, noticing a pattern in a string of London murders, contacts her old friends from Bletchley — Millie, Lucy and Jean — to try to identify the killer. Treating the crimes like a code to be cracked, the women gather all available information and evidence and then, through a sequence of clever deductions, determine how the killer is finding his victims and where a missing girl must have been abducted. Can they reach her before the killer claims his fifth victim?
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