Secrets & Lies

  • 1996 film

Mike Leigh's comedy drama in which an adopted optometrist sets out to find her birth mother. Also features Brenda Blethyn, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Claire Rushbrook, Timothy Spall, Phyllis Logan and more.

Key details

Genre
Film
Released
1996
Stars
Brenda Blethyn, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Claire Rushbrook, Timothy Spall, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth Berrington, Michele Austin, Lee Ross and more
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.

Additional details

Production
Studio
Picture
Colour
Soundtrack
Music by Andrew Dickson.

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Broadcast details

All previous repeats
  • Monday 1st March 2021 at 12:55am on Film4

Recording details

  • London - Filmed entirely on location in and around London

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