New releases seem to be being pushed back and back as we battle through this crazy situation, so it came as something of a pleasant surprise when a press memo landed that confirmed an actual July release – Summerland.

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.

From Britain’s strongest new voice, the Olivier Award winning breakthrough writer/director Jessica Swale, SUMMERLAND inspires our audience with daringly honest and contemporary themes – an intensely emotional journey of womanhood and self-discovery, love and friendship.

SUMMERLAND features a phenomenal British cast including Gemma Arterton (The King’s Man, The Girl With All The Gifts), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Misbehaviour, Belle)BAFTA Award winner and Academy Award® nominee Tom Courtenay (45 Years, Doctor Zhivago), Penelope Wilton (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Downton Abbey), Lucas Bond (Of Kings and Prophets, The Miniaturist)and Dixie Egerickx (The Secret Garden, The Little Stranger).

The film is written and directed by Jessica Swale (Nell Gwynn), and is produced by Guy Heeley (Locke)and Adrian Sturges (Chimerica).

SUMMERLAND will be released in UK cinemas on 31st July 2020.

Here’s the trailer:

About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written three books - on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014), the history of the character Norman Bates (2015) and the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker (2017). He is currently working with director Richard Loncraine to explore all avenues in a bid to orchestrate the re-release of 1978 Mia Farrow chiller Full Circle