“I found this article in the Guardian newspaper online . Alongside the article was a photograph of Philomena herself and Martin Sixsmith, the journalist, and they were both laughing in the photograph, and I thought, that’s so odd that it’s this sad-type story and there she is laughing. If I can get the laughter in this story, then it could be something which is enjoyable. “I didn’t want to make a depressing film.” But his long history with humor wasn’t a plus when he met the real Philomena for the first time. Her daughter was a tough sell.