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PHILOMENA <span>(2013)</span> artwork


Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 98

Release dates 01/11/2013

BBFCInsight Contains infrequent strong language and moderate sex references

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Stephen Frears

Cast includes Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Charlie Murphy, Simone Lahbib, Sophie Kennedy Clark

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 22/10/2013

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

PHILOMENA is a British docudrama based on author and former BBC journalist and Labour government advisor Martin Sixsmith's book 'The Lost Child of Philomena Lee'. It chronicles his and Philomena Lee's search for her long-lost son Anthony, taken from her by Catholic nuns in the 1950s and given to an affluent American couple. It is rated 12 for infrequent strong language and moderate sex references.

There are two uses of strong language ('f**k'). Milder language includes the terms 'bloody', 'crap'; 'fecking', 'shit', 'shite' and 'tits'.

The moderate sex references include a nun asking a young woman, "Did you let him put his hands on you?...Did you take your knickers down?", a woman recounting her first sexual experience and saying, "I enjoyed it ...I was floating on air. I didn't even know I had a clitoris" and a woman observing, "Because some of them wouldn't wear condoms. It spoiled the feeling."

No-one younger than 12 may see a 12A film in a cinema unless accompanied by an adult. No-one younger than 12 may rent or buy a 12 rated video or DVD.



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