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PHILOMENA [Additional material,Audio Description]

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PHILOMENA [Additional material,Audio Description]

Type of media Video

Approved Running time 93m 46s

Ratings Info Contains infrequent strong language and moderate sex references

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Stephen Frears

Cast includes Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Charlie Murphy, Simone Lahbib, Sophie Kennedy Clark

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Video release suitable for 12 years and over icon12

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 19/02/2014

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

PHILOMENA is a British drama, based on a true story, in which a journalist helps a woman search for her long-lost son, taken from her by Catholic nuns in the 1950s and given to an affluent American couple.


There are two uses of strong language ('f**k'). Milder language includes the terms 'bloody', 'crap'; 'fecking', 'shit', 'shite' and 'tits'.


The moderate sex references include a nun asking a young woman, "Did you let him put his hands on you? Did you take your knickers down?", a woman recounting her first sexual experience and saying, "I enjoyed it... I was floating on air. I didn't even know I had a clitoris" and a woman observing, "Because some of them wouldn't wear condoms. It spoiled the feeling."


Title Information
Additional material,Audio Description
Pathe Productions LTD
Classified date(s)
Main language
Submitted run time
93m 46s
BBFC reference
Audio Descriptive

Components List

This work is made up of a number of separate components. Note that since February 2001 the BBFC has measured each component separately, but older works may not have the exact details, only a list of titles


Rating information

The version of this work detailed above is rated by the BBFC under the Video Recordings Act 1984 for use on any Packaged Media format (including DVD, Blu-ray and VHS). This classification may also be used when the same work is made available on Digital Video Platforms (including Video On Demand) provided that the platform is licenced to use BBFC ratings.

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