First Two Official Trailers for Ian McEwan’s ON CHESIL BEACH Adaptation with Saoirse Ronan & Billy Howle


ON CHESIL BEACH is a drama film directed by Olivier Award-winning English theatre director and playwright Dominic Cooke in his motion picture directorial debut. It is an adaptation of Ian McEwan’s 2007 Booker Prize nominated novel/novella of the same name.

Premiered in the Special Presentations section at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, the film stars Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Anne Marie-Duff, Adrian Scarborough, Emily Watson, and Samuel West. It marks Ronan’s second McEwan adaptation following Joe Wright’s Atonement, which won Ronan her first Oscar nomination.

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.

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