DIRECTOR IAIN CUNNINGHAM WILL INTRODUCE AND TAKE PART IN A POST-SCREENING DISCUSSION.
How do you construct a picture of someone whose existence has been a family mystery? Iain Cunningham does the detective work to uncover his own mother’s story. Because Irene died when Ian was just three years old he has no clear memories of her. While the layers of secrecy surrounding her death were so tightly woven that it has taken him decades to tackle the subject with his father. As Cunningham meets long lost relatives and Irene’s best friend, Lynn, he gets to know his mother through the stories and anecdotes they pass on: life in Nuneaton in the 1970s; factory work and living for nights at the Co-op Hall and holidays. Like putting pieces of a jigsaw puzzle together, Irene’s personality comes to life. Bursts of animation illuminate memory and fantasy in this moving portrait of mental illness, grief, and female friendship. Irene’s Ghost poignantly reflects on the world of memories you create for yourself, as well as the ones you leave behind.
'A thoughtful, sensitive and ultimately uplifting study of grief, love and the ties that continue to bind us all, long after we’re gone.' - Screen Daily