Releasing January 8, 2021, On Amazon Prime Video
Single mother Sandra (Clare Dunne) escapes her abusive partner with her two young children, only to find herself trapped in temporary accommodation.
After months of struggling, she draws inspiration from one of her daughter’s bedtime stories and hits upon the idea of self-building an affordable home. She finds an architect who provides her with plans and is offered land by Peggy (Harriet Walter), a woman she cleans for. Aido (Conleth Hill), a building contractor, appears willing to help, too.
But as her past rears its head in the form of Gary (Ian Lloyd Anderson), her possessive ex, and as bureaucrats fight back against her independent spirit, will Sandra be able to rebuild her life from the ground up?
Lloyd was struck by Sandra’s quest to self-build her journey to recovery. Herself is a story about a woman digging herself out of hell. “Sandra is literally rebuilding herself, from the complete lack of entitlement that domestic abuse creates in a person. She’s somebody who has had all her agency, autonomy, taken away from her. It’s what happens when a woman asks for help, and goes on asking for it. What’s fascinating is the help doesn’t come from where she thinks it’s going to,” says the director.
Directed by Phyllida Lloyd, written by Clare Dunne & Malcolm Campbell Starring: Clare Dunne, Harriet Walter, Conleth Hill, Ian Lloyd Anderson, Ruby Rose O’Hara & Molly McCann