Mothering Sunday. On a warm spring day in 1924, house maid and foundling Jane Fairchild (Odessa Young) finds herself alone on Mother’s Day. Her employers, Mr and Mrs Niven (Colin Firth and Olivia Colman), are out and she has the rare chance to spend an afternoon of abandon with her secret lover, Paul (Josh O’Connor), the boy from the manor house nearby who is Jane’s long-term love despite the fact that he’s engaged to be married to another woman, a childhood friend and daughter of his parents’ friends. But events that neither can foresee will change the course of Jane’s life forever.

MOTHERING SUNDAY features an all-star cast including Odessa Young (The Professor, Assassination Nation); BAFTA TV and Primetime Emmy Award nominee Josh O’Connor (The Crown, God’s Own Country); BAFTA EE Rising Star Award and BIFA nominee Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù (His House, Gangs of London); with Academy Award, Primetime Emmy Award and BAFTA winner Glenda Jackson (Women in Love, A Touch of Class); and Academy Award and BAFTA winner Olivia Colman (The Favourite, The Father); and Academy Award and BAFTA winner Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man).

The film is directed by Palme d’Or nominee Eva Husson (Girls of the Sun); written by BAFTA nominee and BIFA winner Alice Birch (Normal People), based on the novel by Graham Swift; and produced by BAFTA winners Elizabeth Karlsenand Stephen Woolley (Carol).

The film was developed with support from Film4 and the BFI (awarding National Lottery funding), with financing from Film4, BFI and Lipsync.

Released in Cinemas on November 12th 2021.



January 31, 2022


Eva Husson


Alice Birch(screenplay), Graham Swift(novel)




Drama, Romance




110 minutes