Herself

More Irish sisterly empowerment comes in Herself, in which Sandra (played by Clare Dunne who also wrote the script for this film debut) escapes an abusive marriage to build herself and her kids a flat-pack home in the garden of a kindly psychologist, beautifully played by Harriet Walter. It’s directed by Mamma Mia’s Phyllida Lloyd working on a more intimate, less ABBA-and-Greek-island scale but, while danger and despair always lurk for Sandra, there are also moments of feelgood escapism, a team pulling together to create a mix of Loach-like toughness and that Amish barn-building scene in Witness.