Hints of normality are beginning to sprout as we come out from under the COVID-19 lockdown and cinemas around the UK are slowly starting to open up at the end of the month. One of the first films to arrive will be Jessica Swale’s Summerland, which is set to open on 31 July.
This is what Nicola Pearcey, President of Lionsgate UK had to say about the release of the WWII era comedy-drama which stars Gemma Arterton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Courtenay, Penelope Wilton, Lucas Bond and Dixie Egerickx:
“We are incredibly excited to be in a position to launch the stunning British film, Summerland, in cinemas 31st July. With a star-studded British cast, including Gemma Arterton and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, it is a great feeling to be able to support cinemas and give film fans the opportunity to enjoy the unbeatable cinematic experience on the big screen once more.”
Summerland follows the story of fiercely independent folklore investigator, Alice (Gemma Arterton) who secludes herself in her clifftop study, debunking myths using science to disprove the existence of other-worldly forces and magic. Consumed by her work, but also profoundly lonely, she is haunted by a love affair from her past.
When spirited young Frank, an evacuee from the London Blitz, is dumped into her irritable care, his innocence and wonder unlock deeply buried and painful secrets in Alice’s past, and make her re-evaluate what it really means to free your imagination. Bravely embracing life’s miraculous unpredictability, Alice learns that wounds may be healed, hope and second chances do exist, and any woman must defiantly be two things: who and what she wants.