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ROCK ON Phil Lynott's mum set for big screen as Philomena's story inspires movie makers

With a working title of My Boy, the film will be adapted from Philomena's bestselling book of the same name

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Philomena Lynott beside the statue of son Phil

Philomena Lynott beside the statue of son Phil

Philomena Lynott beside the statue of son Phil

The remarkable life of Philomena Lynott is to be told in a new movie. The story of the Irish woman and her deep bond with her son, music legend Phil is set to be brought to the big screen as a biopic.

With a working title of My Boy, the film will be adapted from Philomena's bestselling book of the same name.

The project is currently in the early stages of development, with top actor and filmmaker Antonia Campbell-Hughes writing a director's draft of the script. No casting has yet taken place and Campbell-Hughes will also direct the film.

In her memoir, Philomena documented how her life changed when she became pregnant with Phil while working in the north of England as a nurse.

She experienced prejudice because Phil was a mixed-race child and she was a single mother. Phil went to stay with her family in Dublin while she continued to work in the UK.

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Phil with mum Philomena.

Phil with mum Philomena.

Phil with mum Philomena.

 

She later worked as a hotelier with her partner, Dennis Keeley, before they returned to settle in Dublin. She died in 2019 aged 88, having been ill with cancer.

The book also recounts how her son formed Thin Lizzy and became one of the best-loved and most-influential Irish rock musicians of all time, before dying aged just 36 after.

For many fans, Philomena was almost as beloved as the son she adored, and she worked tirelessly to preserve his musical memory.

The movie is being produced by Libby Potter and Jo Tracy.

Potter says she was fascinated by Philomena's story since she first heard about it a couple of years ago. The company subsequently bought the rights to the Irishwoman's book.

"We knew the extent of the things we could cover, but we were keen to get to get a more artistic and creative look at how to depict this unique relationship between Philomena and Phil which is the absolute key to the whole story,"Potter says.

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"It's an angle I've never seen anyone explore... that he had this mother figure was such an integral part of his character and at least behind the scenes."

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