Phyllida Lloyd interview: ‘The people in these unthinkable situations are not victims, they are heroes and they have enormous courage’

The British director’s latest Irish-made film Herself, about a woman who escapes an abusive relationship only to become homeless, was made with the intention of giving a voice to victims of domestic violence

5th September, 2021
Phyllida Lloyd interview: ‘The people in these unthinkable situations are not victims, they are heroes and they have enormous courage’
Clare Dunne, writer and star of Herself, Phyllida Lloyd, director, and Harriet Walter who also stars in the film. Picture: Getty

Phyllida Lloyd has it backwards. At least, that’s the way she sees it. Herself should have been her debut film. Instead, the Dublin-set story about a mother of two young daughters who finds herself homeless after escaping an abusive marriage, co-written by and starring Irish actor Clare Dunne, is the 64-year-old British director’s third feature after two smash hits.

“I started with Mamma Mia, a big-budget musical full of star names...

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