ON CHESIL BEACH (15)
Friday 29th June Saturady 30th June
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Emily Watson, Billy Howle & Adrian Scarborough
Approx. running time (inc. adverts): 125 minutes
Based on Ian McEwan's novel. In 1962 England, a young couple find their idyllic romance colliding with issues of sexual freedom and societal pressure, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night.
Britain, 1962. Florence Ponting and Edward Mayhew are university graduates who come from different ends of the social spectrum, but are deeply in love with one another.Florence is a talented classical musician from a wealthy family with grand ambitions, while Edward too is a brilliant student with a first-class degree, albeit from a more modest background. Like so many couples of their era, the pair decide to marry young and their wedding is planned.
But, as the two virgins go to consummate their relationship, it becomes clear that they have very different feelings about sex. Florence is haunted by a past experience and in turn dreading the experience, whereas Edward is both excited and nervous to finally carry out an act he has dreamed of for so long.
The results are disastrous and immediately puts a barrier between the newlyweds, who are forced to recall past memories during their stay on Chesil Beach. But, as the decades roll by, it seems that some things are irreparable.