Philomena script
Philomena (2013)
Synopsis: Philomena is a 2013 British drama film directed by Stephen Frears, based on the book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by journalist Martin Sixsmith. Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, it tells the true story of Philomena Lee's 50-year search for her forcibly adopted son and Sixsmith's efforts to help her find him. The film was co-produced in the United States and the United Kingdom. It gained critical acclaim and received several international film awards.

PHILOMENA sits at a pew in a largely empty church - there aretwo other WORSHIPPERS dotted about; there is no service. She

is looking at a statue of Madonna and Child.

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A PRIEST passes PHILOMENA and stops to talk. He is dressed ina black sweater and dog collar rather than formal robes.

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PRIEST:

Hello Philomena, haven’t seen youfor a while?

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PHILOMENA:

I just came in to light a candle.

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PRIEST:

Someone special?

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Yes.

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But she pointedly doesn’t elaborate any further. The PRIESTtries to continue the conversation:

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PRIEST:

How’s the new hip?

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PHILOMENA:

It’s very good. It’s Ti-tanium.

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PRIEST:

Oh, the bionic woman...

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She smiles, but he can see she’s not really in the mood fortalking.

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PRIEST (CONT’D)

Well, always nice to see you.

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He carries on. PHILOMENA returns her gaze to the Madonna andChild.

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B INT. MOTHER BARBARA’S STUDY - NIGHT

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B:

MOTHER BARBARA:

YOU ARE THE CAUSE OF YOUR SHAME.

YOU AND YOUR OWN INDECENCY.

ON YOUNG PHILOMENA’S FACE, PETRIFIED AND ASHAMED.

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PHILOMENA - Final Shooting Script 2.

C INT. CHURCH - NIGHT C *

PHILOMENA stands before a row of dozens of little candles

burning in sockets. She puts a pound coin in a box, takes acandle and lights it. She plants it in a socket and stares atthe flame, emotional.

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We see her face through the flame, distorted by the heathaze, and on this we...

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D EXT. FUNFAIR - NIGHT D

YOUNG PHILOMENA LOOKING IN THE MIRRORS, FACE DISTORTED. WE

CUT THIS TIGHTER, SHARPER; WE BECOME AWARE OF THE YOUNG MAN

COMING UP BEHIND HER AND ONLY USE THE LINES:

JOHN:

I HAVEN’T SEEN YOUS ANY PLACE.

WHERE ARE YOU FROM. ARE YOU FROM

LIMERICK THEN?

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E INT. CHURCH - NIGHT

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Before she leaves the church, PHILOMENA dips her fingers inHoly Water and blesses herself.

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F EXT. FUNFAIR - NIGHT

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YOUNG PHILOMENA AND JOHN KISS PASSIONATELY BY THE CARAVAN. WE

SEE THE TOFFEE APPLE FALL TO THE GROUND.

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G EXT. JANE’S HOUSE - NIGHT

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PHILOMENA is walking along a street at night, trafficswishing past her, lost in thoughts.

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H INT. MOTHER BARBARA’S STUDY - NIGHT

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MOTHER BARBARA:

AND DID YOU ENJOY YOUR SIN?

SISTER HILDEGARD

HE GOT AN AWFUL LOT FOR HIS TOFFEE

APPLE...

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PHILOMENA - Final Shooting Script 3.

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PHILOMENA walks up to a front door and presses the bell. Onher face as she waits for it to be answered...

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J INT. ROSCREA - NIGHT J

A VIVID FLASH OF YOUNG PHILOMENA ENDURING THE AGONY OF

CHILDBIRTH.

SISTER ANUNCIATA

I don’t know how to do it!

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K INT. FRONT ROOM, JANE’S HOUSE - NIGHT K

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PHILOMENA sits in an armchair deep in thought. The TV is on,

but she isn’t listening. From her we...

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L INT. ROSCREA - NIGHT L

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WITH A FINAL SCREAM THE BABY IS BORN, HELD IN THE ARMS OF A

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NUN, HER CROSS VISIBLE.

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M INT. JANE’S HOUSE - NIGHT M

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JANE enters, we carry on as before.

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EXCEPT JANE TAKES THE PHOTO FROM PHILOMENA, RATHER THAN

PHILOMENA OFFERING IT TO HER.

BLACK.

Under the black screen we start to FADE UP a voice:

ROBERT (V.O.)

... blood glucose fine. Liver

function, kidney function,

normal...

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1 INT. DOCTOR’S SURGERY - DAY 1

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MARTIN SIXSMITH, mid-40s, sits listening to someone (as yet

unseen), as a series of test results are read out to him.

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Steve Coogan

Steve Coogan was born on October 14, 1965 in Middleton, Manchester, England as Stephen John Coogan. He is an actor and producer, known for Philomena (2013), Alan Partridge (2013) and Despicable Me 2 (2013). He was previously married to Caroline Hickman. more…

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