Merman’s first feature film is the intimate, female-fronted drama HERSELF, which is set against the housing crisis. It is a co-production with Element Pictures. The film premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.
Set 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. THE IRON LADY and MAMMA MIA! Director Phyllida Lloyd is helming.
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.