Jessie Buckley hopes her upcoming film, about a group of women in a religious colony struggling with their faith after a series of sexual assaults, inspires debate.

The American drama titled Women Talking, which stars Killarney's Buckley alongside Frances McDormand, Rooney Mara, Claire Foy and Ben Whishaw, was written and directed by Sarah Polley (Take This Waltz, Away from Her).

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Based on the novel by Miriam Toews, the film will show the group of women debating whether to stay in their remote Mennonite community and forgive their attackers or leave.

Last month, US entertainment trade publication the Hollywood Reporter said that Buckley is one of the "frontrunners" in the Best Supporting Actress category at next year's Academy Awards for her performance in Women Talking. The Oscar nominations will be revealed on Tuesday 24 January 2023.

Arriving at the film's UK premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on Wednesday, Buckley said of the film: "I don't think it is gender specific. It's not just for women. I hope it's not just for women.

Jessie Buckley as Mariche in Women Talking

"I think this is a conversation starter and something that can be debated and thought about again in 10 years' time.

"I definitely feel like in the few festivals that we've gone to that this is just the beginning and actually what this film is about is really what it is about after it finishes and that's really exciting."

Speaking about working with the cast, Olivier award-winning actress Buckley added: "It was great, it was amazing.

Jessie Buckley and Claire Foy on the red carpet at the BFI London Film Festival

"We were so lucky, there was not one bad egg, and when you're dealing with this kind of material, we just had a laugh.

"We'd come back to the room and natter and drink wine and have fun."

Women Talking is due in cinemas soon.

Source: Press Association

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