2017 / English dialogue with Arabic subtitles / Colour / 109 mins

Genre : Drama
Programme : Cinema of the World
Premiere : MENA Premiere
Rating : 18+
Contains : Adult References, Adult Themes, Brief Sex, Nudity and Sexuality

Dominic Cooke

After completing his studies at Warwick University, Dominic Cooke went on to a prominent career in theatre, directing a number of plays for the Royal Shakespeare Company and serving as artistic director of the Royal Court Theatre from 2006 to 2013. He also wrote and directed episodes of the BBC miniseries “The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses”. ON CHESIL BEACH is his first feature film.

Key Crew & Cast

Director: Dominic Cooke
Producer: Stephen Woolley, Elizabeth Karlsen
Scriptwriter: Ian Mcewan
DOP: Sean Bobbitt, Bsc
Editor: Nick Fenton
Composer: Dan Jones
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Emily Watson, Billy Howle, Anne Marie Duff


A very British comedy of sexual repression, and romance, based on the acclaimed novel by Ian McEwan set on the cusp of the swinging 1960s. ‘On Chesil Beach’ elegantly, delicately steers a path between laughter and groaning sympathy for a prim young couple, hesitatingly, awkwardly, spending their first night together as man and wife. Both successful Cambridge students, Edward (Billy Howle) and Florence (Saoirse Ronan) are nevertheless, at a complete loss when it comes to consummation. This the focal point of a sensitive, poignant reading of McEwan’s novella, which pits the emotionally-constipated newlyweds headlong into the dilemmas of love, life and emotion.

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