Irene's Ghost (PG)

Director Iain Cunningham. British Documentary.


A feature length documentary about director Iain Cunningham's personal search to find out about his mother, Irene, who died when he was just 3 years old. Decades after Irene's death and inspired by the birth of his own daughter, Cunningham sets out to discover who Irene was, leading him down a winding path of long-lost relatives and contradictory tales. Through the stories told by Irene's friends, Cunningham carefully pieces together fragments of the past to movingly build a lost life. The culmination of his search leads him to discover that Irene suffered from postpartum psychosis, a severe form of mental illness that occurs after having a baby. What began as a meditation on memory and identity, becomes a study of family, female friendship, and the importance of the connections we make and keep.

Starring David Arthur, Iain Cunningham.


Flicks Advisor (comments from our film promoters)

The director's (Iain Cunningham) account of the search for memories of his mother who died when he was very young and who was never talked of in his family. A moving and intensely personal story of loss and identity