Herself trailer previews Phyllida Lloyd’s new drama film
The official trailer for acclaimed filmmaker Phyllida Lloyd’s upcoming family drama film titled Herself has been released, featuring a young mother as she tries to find a way to build a home for her and her daughters while facing a custody battle with her controlling ex-husband. Starring Clare Dunne, the film’s U.S. release hasn’t been announced yet but it is set to hit the UK and Irish theaters on Friday, October 16. Check out the video in the player below!
In Herself film, Sandra, 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 the local council won’t provide that home, she decides to build it herself from scratch. With very little income to speak of and no savings, Sandra must use all her ingenuity to make her ambitious dream a reality. At the same time, she must escape the grip of her possessive ex-husband and keep him away from her and her girls. The lionhearted Sandra draws together a community of friends to support her and lend a helping hand and 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.
The film is being led by Clare Dunne, who worked with Lloyd in Donmar Theatre’s all-female version of Shakespeare’s Henry IV. It also stars award-winning actress Harriet Walter and Game of Thrones alum Conleth Hill.
Herself is directed by Phyllida Lloyd, who is known for her work in 2008’s Mamma Mia! and 2011’s The Iron Lady which both starred Oscar winner Meryl Streep. Lloyd also co-written the screenplay with Malcolm Campbell. It is produced by Rory Gilmartin, Ed Guiney and Sharon Horgan.
The film had its world premiere earlier this year at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Amazon Studios has also acquired the film’s North America distribution rights.