Experience the heart-wrenching and inspiring tale of ‘Philomena,’ a moving film that takes you on an emotional journey as Philomena Lee, accompanied by journalist Martin Sixsmith, unravels the secrets of her past and searches for the son she lost, touching on themes of love, faith, and the unbreakable mother-child bond.

Shown: 7 February 2024

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  • Date of release: 2013
  • Running time: 1h 38m
  • Director: Stephen Frears
  • Writers: Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope & Martin Sixsmith
  • Country: UK, France & USA
  • Language: English
  • Links: IMDB Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic BBFC

Philomena Plot Synopsis

A 2013 drama film directed by Stephen Frears and starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. The story is based on real events and the book “The Lost Child of Philomena Lee” by Martin Sixsmith.

The film revolves around the emotional journey of Philomena Lee (Judi Dench), an Irish woman who, as a teenager, gave birth to a son out of wedlock. Her family sends her to a convent, where she is forced to give up her child for adoption. For decades, Philomena keeps this secret but eventually decides to search for her lost son.

In her quest, she is aided by Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan), a former journalist who has been disgraced and is looking for a human-interest story. Together, they embark on a journey to the United States to find Philomena’s long-lost son. The search uncovers painful truths about the Catholic Church’s adoption practices and the life her son has led.

“Philomena” is a moving exploration of forgiveness, faith, and the enduring bond between a mother and her child. It combines elements of drama and comedy as it delves into themes of love, loss, and the power of human connection. The film received critical acclaim for its powerful performances and poignant storytelling.

Film Reviews

Getting full comic effect from its class-comedy abrasions, Philomena rises to poignancy and profundity as Dench reveals her control of a character stained by the loss of her child and troubled by her suspicion.

Mary Corliss, Time

It’s profoundly moving and thoroughly mind provoking, but despite the poignant subject matter, I promise you will not leave Philomena depressed. I’ve seen it twice and felt exhilarated, informed, enriched, absorbed and optimistic both times.

Rex Reed, The Observer

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Finding Your Feet

On the eve of retirement a middle class, judgmental snob discovers her husband has been having an affair with her best friend and is forced into exile with her bohemian sister who lives on an impoverished inner-city council estate.

Shown: 1 February 2023

Exminster Film Club Rating: 97%

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  • Date of release: 2017
  • Running time: 1h 51m
  • Director: Richard Loncraine
  • Writers: Meg Leonard and Nick Moorcroft
  • Country: UK
  • Language: English
  • Links: IMDB Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic BBFC

Finding Your Feet Plot Synopsis

When “Lady” Sandra Abbott discovers that her husband of 40 years is having an affair with her best friend, she seeks refuge in London with her estranged, older sister Bif. The two could not be more different – Sandra is a fish out of water next to her outspoken, serial dating, free-spirited sibling. But different is just what Sandra needs at the moment, and she reluctantly lets Bif drag her along to a community dance class, where she starts finding her feet.

Film Reviews

Finding Your Feet finds its own footing by putting its trust in its sturdy performers and avoiding many of the usual tea-time clichés as it allows its British cast to be defined by their relatable human circumstances more than quaint Anglo quirks.

Susan Wloszzczyna –

The modest rewards in Finding Your Feet are ones of sprightly human chemistry rather than great narrative discovery, of all-round good humour rather than outright hilarity.

Guy Lodge, Variety

Official Film Trailer for Finding Your Feet

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The Courier

A gripping spy thriller which tells the true story of an unassuming businessman who is recruited into The Cold War in an effort to provide crucial intelligence needed to defuse the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Shown: 2 February 2022

Exminster Film Club Rating: 92%

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The Courier Plot Synopsis

A true-life spy thriller. The Courier is the story of an unassuming British businessman who is recruited into one of the greatest international conflicts in history. At the behest of the UK’s MI-6 and a CIA operative, he forms a covert, dangerous partnership with a ​Soviet officer in an effort to provide crucial intelligence needed to prevent a nuclear confrontation and defuse the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Film Reviews

The Courier is a tense, well-executed spy drama that wisely focuses on character and performance more than thrills, knowing that if we actually care about these men it will drastically heighten every narrowed glance, near miss, and frightful chase. It’s not always the freshest adventure, but that’s when the acting carries the piece and breathes life into these unlikely heroes.

Matt Fowler, IGN

A triumphant, inspiring movie about the heroism of human decency, Ironbark is a rock solid spy drama that, if it came out 20 years ago, would have easily become a mainstay on TNT or TBS. Hollywood doesn’t make movies like this very often anymore, and if does prove to be part of a last gasp of character-focused period thrillers, at least the genre is going out with some style.

Ben Pearson, Slash Film

Official Film Trailer for The Courier

Review From an EFC Member

The film based on a true story about an English salesman who was recruited by British intelligence to work with a soviet spy in the USSR during the Cold War.

It was an absorbing film and the acting all very convincing which is all I personally want from a film .

I don’t think I appreciated the seriousness of the whole affair at the time but I suppose as a teenager at that time there were other things to think about!


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A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of miles from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. Twenty-five years later, he sets out to find his lost family.

Shown: 5 February 2020

BBFC Ratings Badge PG
  • Date of release: 2016
  • Running time: 1h 58m
  • Director: Garth Davis
  • Writers: Saroo Brierley (book), Luke Davies (screenplay)
  • Country: UK, Australia, USA
  • Language: English
  • Links: IMDB Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic

Lion Plot Synopsis

Five year old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.

Film Reviews

Once in awhile, a movie comes along that is so touching and sincere, without a moment of false emotion or manipulative self-indulgence, that it establishes squatters’ rights and moves into your heart to stay.

Rex Reed, Observer

An astonishing true story that’s treated with an admirably light and artistic touch, rather than an overly dramatic heavy hand. Despite a weaker second half, it is ultimately deeply moving.

Dan Jolin, Empire

Official Film Trailer for Lion

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