Dench’s Ir­ish spirit

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

Philom­ena opens in Aus­tralia on De­cem­ber 26.

DAME Judi Dench (pic­tured) says she chan­nelled the spirit of her late mother to per­fect an Ir­ish ac­cent for her role in up­com­ing movie Philom­ena. The Os­car win­ner takes the ti­tle role in the true story of how a woman named Philom­ena Lee des­per­ately tried to track down the son she was forced to give up for adop­tion by the Catholic Church shortly af­ter his birth. Dench was re­quired to adopt a thick Ir­ish ac­cent for the role but she found it easy as her mum Olava and most of her fam­ily were from the Emer­ald Isle. ‘‘My mother was from Dublin and all my rel­a­tives are from there or the west of Ire­land,’’ Dench says. ‘‘The ac­cent wasn’t a prob­lem. When I read the script, I heard my mother say­ing quite a lot of it very clearly.’’

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