One of the most anticipated films coming to the LFF this year is Philomena, Stephen Frears’ heart-rending story of long lost love adapted from the book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee written by one time BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith.

Steve Coogan won an award at Venice, where the film made its debut, for the screenplay he wrote with Jeff Pope and it is  a film Coogan is passionate about. The film also presents the actor with his greatest opportunity to escape the clutches of the broad characters which made him famous.

The film is a very impressive one and Dench and Coogan excel at skimming the surface of the deep, troubled waters with a wit and charm that elevates the film to great, audience-pleasing heights.

Adam Lowes spoke to the director and cast of the film at the premiere last night,

Steve Coogan

Stephen Frears

Jeff Pope

Sophie Kennedy Clark