After appearances at film festivals including Toronto and London, the film “On Chesil Beach” debuted in theaters over the weekend.
The film stars Billy Howle and Saoirse Ronan as newlyweds Edward and Florence. On their wedding night, things go from slightly awkward to disastrous as the young couple learns new things about each other. Only those new discoveries come a little too late. Howle and Ronan also worked together on “The Seagull,” which is also in theaters.
“On Chesil Beach” is based on the 2007 novella by Ian McEwan. The author also adapted the screenplay. McEwan has written a number of scripts and novels, including “The Good Son” and “The Comfort of Strangers.” The 2007 Best Picture nominee, “Atonement,” was based on his novel of the same name. That film also starred Saoirse Ronan in a role that earned her first Academy Award nomination at just 13.
Renowned theater director Dominic Cooke takes his skills to the silver screen in this cinematic debut. Cooke previously directed the three-part miniseries, “The Hollow Crown,” for the BBC.
I recently had the opportunity to talk with Billy Howle, Dominic Cooke, and Ian McEwan about the film. Please enjoy this Circuit Breaker Interview: