Inspired by the powerful and enjoyable, but ultimately sad film ‘PHILOMENA’ starring Judy Dench and Steve Coogan. A film based on fact, it is about the Catholic scandal in 1950’s Ireland where women, often young girls, when pregnant out of wedlock were ‘given’ to the convents to avoid shaming their families. The nuns would deliver their babies and if they survived would sell them to wealthy Americans, literally stealing them from their mothers. The young mothers, heartbroken and already shunned and degraded were then bound in servitude to the convent for several years!
I struggled with this one as I wanted to cover all aspects of the story and stress the evil of those particular priests and nuns without turning it into a cliche church-bashing rant. The victims were my priority. So, for example, the last line refers to fathers and sisters, rather than priests and nuns, to indicate that the girl’s own families, as well as the clergy, were responsible for this shameful episode.