Herself: Phyllida Lloyd’s Powerful Tale of One Woman’s Abuse and Survival–One of 2020 Best Films (Women/Film)

A chronicle of one woman’s tough journey, depicted with empathy, sensitivity, and grace, Herself was directed by Phyllida Lloyd, from a screenplay by Malcolm Campbell and Clare Dunne.


Film poster

The film stars Dunne, Harriet Walter and Conleth Hill.

Herself world-premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and was released in the US in a limited release on December 30, 2020, followed by streaming on Prime Video on in January 2021 by Amazon Studios.

Clare Dunne plays single mother Sandra, struggling to get by with her two young daughters. After the housing system refuses to give her a new home, she decides to build her own with the help of a friendly community and new friends.

With this new purpose, Sandra rediscovers herself–that is until her abusive ex-husband sues her for custody of the children.

Clare Dunne as Sandra
Harriet Walter as Peggy
Conleth Hill as Aido
Molly McCann as Molly
Ruby Rose O’Hara as Emma
Cathy Belton as Jo
Rebecca O’Mara as Grainne
Ericka Roe as Amy
Ian Lloyd Anderson as Gary
Sean Duggan as Ciaran Crowley
Aaron Lockhart as Tomo


Directed by Phyllida Lloyd
Written by Malcolm Campbell and Clare Dunne

Music by Natalie Holt
Cinematography Tom Comerford
Edited by Rebecca Lloyd

Distributed by Amazon Studios

Release date: January 24 2020 (Sundance); December 30, 2020 (US)

Running time: 97 minutes