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Pope 'should watch Philomena's adoption story'

FIONA ELLIS

Irish Independent, 2nd September 2013

THE director of a film depicting the true story of an Irish woman who searched for five decades to find her son who was sold into adoption in the 1950s has said he hopes the Pope will watch the film.

'Philomena' debuted at the 70th Venice International Film Festival.

It tells the story of Philomena Lee who became pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952. She was sent to a convent in Limerick and her son was adopted.

Despite being coerced into signing a document promising "never to seek to know" what happened to him, she spent the next 50 years searching for him.

Film director Stephen Frears said: "I'm very keen that the Pope should see it."

The movie is based on journalist and author Martin Sixsmith's book 'The Lost Child of Philomena Lee: a Mother, her Son and a Fifty-Year Search'.

The publication of the book in 2009 prompted thousands of adopted Irish children and their mothers to come forward and tell their stories.

The film stars Judi Dench as Philomena and co-writer Steve Coogan as Martin Sixsmith.

In the film, Philomena goes to America to look for her son with world-weary journalist Sixsmith creating what the film's director describes as "an odd-couple film" and "an extraordinary road trip".

Meanwhile, Irish director Dearbhla Walsh is set to direct Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman in a film adaptation of Roald Dahl's children's book 'Esio Trot'.

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