Irene's Ghost

Irene's Ghost follows a son's search to find out about the mother he never knew.

Year: 2018

Director: Iain Cunningham

Producer: Rebecca Mark-Lawson

Co-Producers: Ciara Barry, Rosie Crerar

Executive Producers: Lizzie Francke, Paul Ashton, Lucy McDowell, Jennifer Armitage, Katie Bailiff

World Premiere: BFI London Film Festival

Screen Scotland Investment: £50,000


Irene's Ghost follows a son's search to find out about the mother he never knew. He breaks the silence and tracks down her friends and family to rebuild a picture of her.

Iain was 3 when his mother, Irene died. His dad never spoke about it and the family silence around Irene meant that she was alive only in Iain's imagination, as a thistle seed or in the image of the moon.

Later in life, the birth of his own child inspires a journey to discover the truth about Irene, piercing together fragments of the past to make sense of the present. Using animation mixed with filmed footage, Irene's Ghost movingly rebuilds a lost life.

Irene's Ghost received its World Premiere at the BFI London Film Festival, was nominated for the BIFA Discovery Award 2018 and received its Scottish Premiere at the 2019 Glasgow Film Festival.

The film is supported by the BFICreative EnglandScreen ScotlandThe Wellcome Trust and the Maudsley Charity. Learn more about it here:

Irene's Ghost will be released in UK cinemas on Friday 3 May.