WATCH: Critically Acclaimed Irish Movie ‘Herself’ Lands In Cinemas Next Month

The film has been generating a lot of attention online ahead of its release next month, October 16.

Warning – this article features conversations of a sensitive nature. 


From the director of Mamma Mia and The Iron Lady, Phyllida Lloyd is set to release Herself, a powerful female-led Irish film that’s tipped to take on some of the heavy hitters during next year’s awards season.

C0-written by Claire Dunne and Malcolm Campbell, the story focuses on Sandra (Claire Dunne) as she flees from domestic abuse with her two daughters.

Providing a harrowing and raw look at the difficulties of starting over, remaining strong for your children, while fearing for your life, the movie sees Sandra and her daughters find safety in a Dublin hotel provided by the council, while they try and find a home, a sense of security and stability.

In the trailer, it’s also clear that Sandra is still facing her abusive ex as she sees him every week in an ongoing custody battle. But keeping positive, she has hopes for her future and devises a plan to build a house from scratch.

If she can’t count on anybody else, she can always trust herself.

Watch the trailer here 

Looking at the heartbreaking and tragic reality for millions of women and men across the world, Herself has been called a “standout” film of 2020 by Variety at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and is set to become a worthy nominee throughout the 2021 awards season.

Herself lands in Irish cinemas Friday, October 16.


If you or anyone you know has been affected by the topics in this article, these resources are here to help. 

Free call Samaritans on 116 123

If you need to talk to someone in confidence about sexual assault or rape, the Rape Crisis Centre (1800 77 88 88) can help.

Women’s Aid can help you if you are experiencing domestic violence. They give advice on how you can help yourself and others. You can also contact them 24 hours-a-day on 1800 341 900.

Aoibhneas is a women and children’s refuge. You can contact them 24 hours-a-day on 01 867 0701 or email

You can call the HSE National Counselling Service on 1800 235 235.

Or alternatively, your local Citizens Information Centre can give you advice on your rights. They will also tell you about the supports and services available in your local area.