On Chesil Beach

2018| 15| 110 mins|

Screening Dates:
Fri 25 May 6:00pm
Fri 25 May 9:00pm
Sat 26 May 2:30pm
Sat 26 May 6:00pm
Sat 26 May 8:30pm
Sun 27 May 6:30pm
Mon 28 May 8:30pm
Tue 29 May 6:15pm
Tue 29 May 8:45pm
Wed 30 May 2:15pm
Wed 30 May 6:30pm
Thu 31 May 6:00pm

Director: Dominic Cooke
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Emily Watson, Anne-Marie Duff

The screening on Wed 30 May at 2.15pm is Silver Screen – our weekly matinees aimed at ages 60 and over with tickets at £6. Under-50s are welcome at these screenings, standard ticket prices apply.

It is summer 1962, and England is still a year away from huge social changes: Beatlemania, the sexual revolution and the Swinging Sixties. We first encounter Florence and Edward, a young couple in their early twenties, on their wedding day. Now on their honeymoon, they are dining in their room at a stuffy, sedate hotel near Chesil Beach in Dorset. Their conversation becomes more tense and awkward, as the prospect of consummating their marriage approaches. Finally, an argument breaks out between them. Florence storms from the room and out of the hotel, Edward pursues her, and their row continues on Chesil Beach. From a series of flashbacks, we learn about the differences between them – their attitudes, temperaments and their drastically different backgrounds. Out on the beach on their fateful wedding day, one of them makes a major decision that will utterly change both of their lives forever.

On Chesil Beach is a powerful, insightful drama about two people, both defined by their upbringing, bound by the social mores of another era.

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