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05 December, 2019

Merman‘s first feature film HERSELF is one of a few to premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. The festival has a showcase of world premieres of some of the most highly anticipated narrative films of the coming year. Films that have premiered in this category in recent years include The Report, Late Night, The Big Sick and Call Me By Your Name.

HERSELF is directed by Phyllida Lloyd (The Iron Lady, Mamma Mia!), written by Clare Dunne and Malcolm Campbell and produced by Rory GilmartinEd Guiney and Sharon Horgan. It stars Clare Dunne, Harriet Walter and Conleth Hill. 

Clare DunneSet in Dublin, HERSELF is the story of young mother Sandra who escapes her abusive boyfriend and fights back against a broken housing system. She sets out to build her own home and in the process rebuilds her life and re-discovers herself. 

Irish theatre actress Clare Dunne will star in the film from a script she co-wrote with Malcolm Campbell (What Richard Did). The project marks rising actress Dunne’s first leading role in a feature. Among many stage roles, she previously played Prince Hal in the Donmar Theatre all-female version of Shakespeare’s Henry IV., also directed by Lloyd. Production is planned for the end of April with financiers including Screen Ireland and BBC Films.