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Irene died before Iain was old enough to form memories of her. The layers of silence surrounding her death were so tightly bound that it has taken him decades to broach the topic with his father. As Cunningham encounters long-lost relatives and Irene’s best friend, Lynn, he gets to know his mother through the stories they tell: life in Nuneaton in the 1970s; factory work and living for nights at the Co-op Hall and holidays. Like putting pieces of a 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. Screening during Mental Health Awareness Week, Irene’s Ghost reflects on the world of memories you create, along with the ones you leave behind.

The screening will be followed by a live onstage Q&A with director Iain Cunningham, hosted by filmmaker Michael Baig-Clifford.

Sally Wilson from Action On Postpartum Psychosis will be available after the screening to speak with any audience members who wish to learn more about PP, or to share their own personal experiences.

Please see our current Visitor Guidelines. MAC’s reopening cinema programme has been generously supported by BFI FAN Covid-19 Resilience fund from the National Lottery, through the BFI Film Audience Fund. Duration includes trailers and adverts. Please note that we do not admit latecomers after the main feature has started and we have a limited food & drink policy. See more information about Relaxed Screenings here.