Broadcast Music, Inc. Vice President, Film/TV Relations Doreen Ringer-Ross recently attended a screening of the new Weinstein Company film, Philomena, with music by composer Alexandre Desplat on Thursday, November 21, 2013, at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles. Immediately following the film a reception was held, which was attended by Desplat, Ringer-Ross, actress Sophie Kennedy Clark, actor/writer Steve Coogan and several film and TV industry executives.
Philomena is based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee. The film focuses on the efforts of Philomena Lee (Judi Dench) to reconnect with the son she conceived out of wedlock and gave up for adoption in the United States to appease her Irish-Catholic community. In following church doctrine, Lee was forced to sign a contract that didn’t allow for any inquiry into her son’s whereabouts. After starting a family years later in England, and, for the most part, moving on with her life, Lee meets Sixsmith (Steve Coogan), a BBC reporter with whom she decides to look for her long-lost son. The moving film is directed by Stephen Frears and written by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope.