ON CHESIL BEACH, starring Academy Award® nominee Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird, Brooklyn, Atonement) and Billy Howle (Dunkirk, The Sense of an Ending, The Seagull), will open in cinemas across the United Kingdom on 15 June 2018.
Directed by first-time feature helmer Dominic Cooke, On Chesil Beach premiered last September at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, where it (and the performances of Ronan and Howle) received generally favorable reviews from movie critics. "You could call it manipulative as a result-McEwan's forthrightness or lack thereof at first preventing us from thinking anything other than what we think-but I wouldn't have it any other way considering the punch the finished piece packs".
Billy Howle (Dunkirk) co-stars with Ronan.
Ian McEwan has adapted the screenplay from his best-selling novel of the same name, which was shortlisted for the 2007 Booker Prize.
On Chesil Beach follows a young couple on their honeymoon night, as the realities of their differing backgrounds, their idyllic courtship, and pressured feelings surrounding sexual intimacy come to play in one fateful weekend. Also in the cast are Emily Watson (Breaking the Waves), Samuel West (Darkest Hour), Anne-Marie Duff (Suffragette), and Adrian Scarborough (Gosford Park).