Sandra (Dunne) is a young Dublin-based Mum struggling to provide her two young daughters with a safe, happy home after leaving an abusive relationship. When it becomes clear that the local council won’t provide that home, she decides to build one herself. With very little income and a menacing ex-husband a threat to her happiness, Sandra calls on the support of a new community of friends, including her employer Peggy (Walter). As a first time screenwriter (working in collaboration with Malcom Campbell), Dunne impresses with her finely-crafted story of darkness and eventual triumph. And as an actor she energises this drama, utterly convincing as a woman beaten down by circumstance and failures of the State, but defiantly refusing to give up.

Tricia Tuttle

Content warning: this film contain scenes of domestic abuse.

UK/IRE Distribution Picturehouse Entertainment

Audio Description available at all BFI Southbank performance. The screening on Fri 9 Oct 14:50 NFT3 will have HoH subtitles, including descriptions of non-dialogue audio, for customers who are D/deaf or hard of hearing. Closed captions will be available on BFI Player.

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