11 October 2021
Set in an idyllic South England seaside village, British drama Summerland sees a reclusive writer forced to take in a young evacuee from London during World War II.
Penned and directed by Olivier Award-winning playwright Jessica Swale, this moving tale of womanhood, love and friendship stars BAFTA nominees Gemma Arterton (The Escape, The Girl with All the Gifts, Tess of the D’Urbervilles) and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (The Morning Show, Loki, Motherless Brooklyn), child actors Lucas Bond (The Alienist) and Dixie Egerickx (The Secret Garden), BAFTA winner Dame Siân Phillips (Dune, I, Claudius), Screen Actors Guild Award winner Dame Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Oscar nominee Sir Tom Courtenay (Unforgotten, Doctor Zhivago).
“Made with great panache, this is a real gem of understated poignancy… about summers as lovely as they are fraught,” says Globe and Mail, while Empire Magazine says, “Arterton triumphs again and Swale marks herself as a director to watch. Summerland successfully combines an intelligent feminist fable and a lesbian love story with a slick period tearjerker.”