Steve Coogan talks about his new film

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Irish actor Steve Coogan has a new film and he says his Irish Catholic roots had a big role I his new film “Philomena”.

The film, which also stars Dame Judy Dench, tells the story of Philomena Leean Irish woman who was forced to give up her son for adoption in the 1950s and then later goes on a search for the boy.

Coogan, who is also a producer, along with his co-writer Jeff Pope, has won a best screenplay award for the film at the Venice Film Festival.

The boy depicted in the story, Anthony Lee, eventually became an advisor to then-presidents George Bush and Ronald Reagan, but eventually died of AIDS before he was able to meet his birth mother.

Coogan, a devout Catholic himself, says he wanted to tell the stories of persons who were devout Catholics who became victims of the system of the times.

He said that the story of Philomena is a story of a lot of people who still practice the Catholic faith “with diligence”. Philomena Lee opened at the Irish Film Institute last week to good reviews.

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Dame Judi Stars in lost and found

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British actress Dame Judi Dench is to star as a woman searching for her long lost son in the film “Philomena”. In the movie, Dench, who has also had starring roles in such films as “Mrs. Brown” in which she played Queen Victoria and as the title character’s boss M in the James Bond films, plays a woman who was forced to give up her son for adoption by the Catholic Church.

Her search begins 50 years later. The film also stars British actor Steve Coogan who has had a recent successful turn in the film “Alpha Papa”. Coogan plays political journalist Martin Sixsmith who intended to write the story of the search but ended up helping Philomena instead.

The film is directed Stephen Frears who also directed such flicks as “My Beautiful Laundrette” and “The Queen”. “Philomena” will be released in British cinemas on November 1. Dench has won a Best Supporting Actress Academy Awards for her role in “Shakespeare in Love” as well as a Tony for Best Actress in a Play for “Amy’s View”.

She has also won a slew of BAFTA Awards as well as Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards. Her most recent role was in 2012’s “Skyfall”.

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