Secrets & Lies

1996 British comedy film about a woman looking for her biological mum. Stars Brenda Blethyn, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Claire Rushbrook, Timothy Spall, Phyllis Logan and others.

Secrets & Lies

Mike Leigh's comedy drama in which an adopted optometrist sets out to find her birth mother

Genre
Film
Released
1996
Starring
Brenda Blethyn, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Claire Rushbrook, Timothy Spall, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth Berrington, Michele Austin, Lee Ross and others
Writer
Mike Leigh
Director
Mike Leigh
Producer
Simon Channing Williams

When Hortense (Marianne Jean-Baptiste), a black optometrist who was adopted as a child, begins the search for her birth mother, she doesn't expect that it will lead her to Cynthia (Brenda Blethyn), a desperately lonely white factory worker whose tentative embrace of her long-lost daughter sends shock waves through the rest of her already fragile family.

Production Details

Release date
1996
Soundtrack
Music by Andrew Dickson.

Broadcast details

Last repeat
Monday 1st March 2021 at 12:55am on Film4

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