Head back in time fifty to eighty years in British history and you'll find some truly horrific stories with regards to teenage mothers, unwed mothers and how the state treated them. You wouldn't get a council house back then if you were a free, single, unwed mother... nope back then your child would more than likely be taken away and in some cases you would be shipped off to a home for women who didn't fit into the social norm. 

Philomena sets out to put things right as one mother caught in that system sets out alongside a journalist to find her long lost son.

Directed by BAFTA winner Stephen Frears (The Queen), PHILOMENA will open in the UK and Ireland on 1 November 2013.

Falling pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena was sent to the convent of Roscrea to be looked after as a “fallen woman”. When her baby was only a toddler, he was taken away by the nuns for adoption in America. Philomena spent the next fifty years searching for him but with no success.

Then she met Martin Sixsmith, a world-weary political journalist who happened to be intrigued by her story. Together they set off to America on a journey that would not only reveal the extraordinary story of Philomena’s son, but also create an unexpectedly close bond between Philomena and Martin.

The film is a compelling narrative of human love and loss that ultimately celebrates life, showing that there is laughter even in the darkest places.

Sixsmith’s book "The Lost Child Of Philomena Lee" was published in 2009. It acted as a catalyst for thousands of adopted Irish children and their ‘shamed’ mothers to come forward to tell their stories. Many are still searching for their lost families.

Academy Award ® winner Dench plays the title role, with BAFTA winner Coogan as Martin Sixsmith.  Anna Maxwell Martin (Bleak House, South Riding) plays Philomena’s daughter, Jane.

Check out the first posters below...