On Chesil Beach


Adapted by Ian McEwan from his bestselling novel, the drama centres on a young couple of drastically different backgrounds in the summer of 1962. Following the pair through their idyllic courtship, the film explores sex and the societal pressure that can accompany physical intimacy, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night.

A Q&A session with Director Dominic Cooke and Producers Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley will follow the screening of the film.

Critics Views

“A lot of the film’s success lies in the writing and the meticulous process wielded to ensure we learn only what we need at the moment. You could call it manipulative as a result—McEwan’s forthrightness or lack thereof at first preventing us from thinking anything other than what we think—but I wouldn’t have it any other way considering the punch the finished piece packs. Cooke buys into this process too, never trying to be flashier or more cunning than the script demands. And the way he handles Ronan and Howle is immaculate. He lets them drive the plot through their silence as much as their words. We feel the discomfort and embarrassment in the beginning and the excruciating pain at the end. Their repression of everything they want to say conjures as much anger as the words that anger finally lets free. And your heart breaks for them both.” The Film Stage


“Saoirse Ronan is remarkable – and so is everything else – in this entrancing adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novella about a young British couple on their honeymoon in 1962….. It’s a lyrical and rapturous film – a repressed passion play, funny, delicate and heartbreaking.” Variety


“[On Chesil Beach] proves [Dominic] Cooke is just as much of a talent to watch on screen as on stage.” Seventh Row

Film Rating

 Critics 64% Audience 65%

Rotten Tomatoes
Top Critics positive review 80%  Top Critics Average Review Score 67%   People want to see it 99%

Stockbridge Audience: 88%

No. of responses:-
Excellent 44
Good 23
Average 6
Very Poor 

Date: Wednesday 30 May 2018

Time: 7.30pm

Language: English

Genres: Drama, Romance

Director: Dominic Cooke

Writer: Ian McEwan

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Emily Watson, Anne-Marie Duff, Samuel West, Adrian Scarborough, Bebe Cave

Film Length: 1hr 50mins

Rating: 15
Strong sex, sex references

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