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JULY 28, 7:00 PM PDT                    SUMMERLAND                                IFC FILMS

The poignant story of Alice (Gemma Arterton), a young English writer with a broken heart who retreats to a small seaside town during World War II. When a young boy and evacuee from the London Blitz named Frank is unexpectedly placed in her care, Alice opens her heart and discovers new possibilities in her life.

This is the first feature film for award-winning British playwright, theatre director and screenwriter Jessica Swale. The cast includes Downtown Abbey's Penelope Wilson, Oscar-nominated Tom Courtney, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Frank Bond as Frank.

Q&A immediately following screening with director/screenwriter Jessica Swale, and actors Gemma Arterton and Gugu Mbatha-Raw



 Jessica Swale is an Olivier award-winning writer and director, hailed as one of Variety’s Top Ten Brits to watch in 2019, and one of five recipients of BAFTAS Screenwriting Bursary Awards. SUMMERLAND is Jessica’s debut feature film, and is based on her own original screenplay.

Her career began as a theatre director, and she was quickly named the “best young director of period comedy” by The Guardian. She went on to win the Peter Brook Award for Best Ensemble in 2012. In 2010, Jessica directed the first play by a woman ever to be staged at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre with Nell Leyshon’s BEDLAM.

Jessica now writes regularly for film and tv. Her work includes: HORRIBLE HISTORIES THE MOVIE! and the upcoming films NELL GWYNN, LONGBOURN, PERSUASION, and a new TV series for Left Bank.


Gemma will star as Vita Sackville-West in the upcoming biopic VITA AND VIRGINIA, the true story of the love affair between Vita and literary icon Virginia Woolf. She is also scheduled to do the voice of ‘Clover’ in the upcoming WATERSHIP DOWN TV miniseries for BBC/Netflix.

Other projects include, the starring role as singer Dusty Springfield in the biopic SO MUCH LOVE, the family animation SPACEDOG AND TURBOCAT, and the comedy MURDER MYSTERY, alongside Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Luke Evans, and David Walliams. In 2017 she starred in 100 STREETS with Idris Elba, and THE HISTORY OF LOVE, alongside Derek Jacobi, Elliott Gould and Sophie Nelisse.


 Gugu Mbatha Raw is an award-winning actor of the stage and screen. Her stage performances include HAMLET alongside Jude Law in the West End, ELSINORE in Denmark and Broadway, and NELL GWYNN, for which she was nominated for ‘Best Actress’ at the 2015 Evening Standard Theatre awards.

In film, Gugu has starred in LARRY CROWNE alongside Tom Hanks, and period drama BELLE for which Gugu won Best Actress at the 2014 BIFA Awards. She starred in CONCUSSION alongside Will Smith, THE WHOLE TRUTH starring Keanu Reeves and Renée Zellweger, MISS SLOANE with Jessica Chastain, FREE STATE OF JONES with Matthew McConaughey and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

Gugu starred in SAN JUNIPERO, the only episode of Netflix anthology series BLACK MIRROR ever to offer a happy ending. In 2018, she starred in Disney’s blockbuster fantasy A WRINKLE IN TIME opposite Oprah Winfrey and Reece Witherspoon, the romantic comedy CLOVERFIELD PARADOX, and the comedy IRREPLACEABLE YOU. 

PETE HAMMOND - Host of the KCET Cinema Series

Pete is currently the Chief Film Critic for Deadline Hollywood. For the past 9 years he has also been Awards Editor and Columnist for Deadline where he covers the Oscar and Emmy Seasons. He came to Deadline from the Los Angeles Times where he covered the awards seasons for The Envelope and LA He is widely considered to be one of the pre-eminent awards season analysts for film and television.