“They were young, educated, and both virgins on this, their wedding night.”
Adapted by Ian McEwan from his own Booker Prize-winning novella, On Chesil Beach is the directorial debut of former Royal Court Theatre head Dominic Cooke.
Starring Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn, Lady Bird) and Billy Howle (Dunkirk) and featuring Emily Watson, Anne-Marie Duff and Samuel West.
England, 1962: two young lovers marry and begin their honeymoon on the Dorset coast. Edward (Howle) and Florence (Ronan) hail from very different backgrounds but, deeply in love, the full complexity of their relationship only becomes clear on their wedding night as they struggle to reconcile their approaches to sex.
Confused, uncertain and hopelessly ill-equipped to talk honestly of their fears and desires, they do not yet know that this tragicomic situation will shape the rest of their lives.
A beautifully precise and searching film exploring the repressive effects of ‘propriety’ – a notion still hard at work in English society in the early ‘60s, and perhaps entirely antithetical to love and passion – On Chesil Beach leads to a shattering conclusion.
On Chesil Beach books signed by the author Ian McEwan
We have a limited number of copies of the booker prize winning ‘On Chesil Beach’ that were specially signed by the author Ian McEwan, during the From Page To Screen Film Festival in April 2018.
Books are £10 each and have kindly been supplied by The Book Shop, Bridport.
To purchase a signed book please select the offer on the checkout page. If you want to buy more than one book please edit the quantity once you have added the book to your basket.
Books will be available for collection on the night of the film screening.
Peter Bradshaw – The Guardian
Billy Howle and Saoirse Ronan are on song as the young couple in Britain’s duffel-coated early 1960s, in a restrained adaptation of McEwan’s novella
Run time: 110 mins
“A visually captivating romantic puzzle that reverberates with hope and tenderness and wistful loss”
Owen Gleiberman - Variety.com