Summer in February, due for national realise on June 14, gets an early airing at its premiere screening in Penzance today (June 3) thanks to a partnership between the Cornwall Film Festival and Merlin Cinemas.
Because it’s a premiere expect all the pomp of the red carpet along with a star-studded attendance from around 7pm.
Now for the blurby bit. The movie is directed by Christopher Menaul with a screenplay written by Jonathan Smith based on his 1995 novel, Summer in February.
It was shot against the stunning vistas of the Cornish coast line, and stars Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey), Dominic Cooper (The Devil’s Double), Emily Browning (Sucker Punch), and winner of the Evening Standard and the Critics’ Choice Theatre Awards for Best Actress for her performance in the Young Vic’s A Doll’s House; Harriet Morahan.
The film is the intimate, enchanting true story of young, vibrant souls navigating their way through love, passion and friendship in the picturesque landscape of early 20th century England.
Summer in February focuses on the wild and bohemian Lamorna Group, dominated by the charismatic AJ Munnings (Dominic Cooper).
The incendiary anti-Modernist Munnings, now regarded as one of Britain’s most sought-after artists, is at the heart of the complex love triangle, involving the young aspiring painter Florence Carter-Wood (Emily Browning) and Gilbert Evans (Dan Stevens), the land agent in charge of the Lamorna estate. Renowned painter Laura Knight is played by Hattie Morahan.
Here’s a trailer to get you going: