A self-build drama

It’s not often that a self-build is the topic of a movie, but it seems a new film made here in Ireland has grasped the nettle and shed light on the housing system. “Herself” is an Irish drama chronicling the struggle of a young mum to provide her two young daughters with a warm, safe, happy home to grow up in. When it becomes clear that the local council won’t provide that home, she decides to build it herself from scratch with the help of those around her. Received with great acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival in 2020, the movie is due to be released in Irish theatres some time in 2021 pending the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd.

Meanwhile RTÉ is looking for self-builders to share their story for a new TV show; email buildyourown@motive.ie for more info.

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Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of SelfBuild & Improve Your Home magazine. She previously held the same role in an Irish trade publication, before that she worked at the National Standards Authority of Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in New York and holds an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles in Madrid. France of origin, she now lives in Portarlington, County Laois, where she's taken on the task of renovating a listed building! Email astrid.madsen@selfbuild.ie

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