It’s Bonny By The Sea

IT’S BONNY BY THE SEA

90 MIN – DRAMA – IN DEVELOPMENT

 

A deeply human social drama exploring heartache, hope and self-care set in the brooding coastal town of Newbiggin-by- the-Sea, Northumberland. A tragedy with an undercurrent of courage, It’s Bonny by the Sea explores the human response to sorrow and ends on a pragmatic yet positive note. The central message of the film is a lesson on self-care and perspective: when faced with hardships we must hold on to perspective, nurture ourselves and create our own hope in the pursuit of happiness.

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Polish care worker Irena arrives to the quiet coastal town of Newbiggin-by-the-Sea looking for breathing space from her failing marriage but instead she finds Alex, a complicated young man stunted by his small-town existence. Brought together through their mutual care for Alex’s nan Sally, a simple but wise old woman trapped by Alzheimer’s disease, the pair come to learn some of life’s most valuable lessons.

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“The character interactions feel precise and carefully realised; this is a writer with a good eye for the finer details. The smaller beats are patiently constructed without feeling erroneous… the pacing is restrained. It’s refreshing to see a script that’s not in too much of a rush. There’s also some skill in the room made for some subtler comic beats… capitalising on quieter observational humour”. – Script Reader for the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum

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