SUMMERLAND follows the story of fiercely independent folklore investigator, Alice (Gemma Arterton) who secludes herself in her clifftop study, debunking myths using science to disprove the existence of magic. Consumed by her work, but also profoundly lonely, she is haunted by a love affair from her past. When spirited young Frank (Lucas Bond), an evacuee from the London Blitz, is dumped into her irritable care, his innocence and curiosity awaken Alice’s deeply buried emotions. Bravely embracing life’s miraculous unpredictability, Alice learns that wounds may be healed, second chances do occur, and that, just perhaps - magic really does exist.
★★★★★ - Deadline Hollywood Daily
"Gemma Arterton and Gugu Mbatha-Raw are wonderful in this compelling period drama that is perfectly timed for right now." "Summerland is one of those deceptive British gems that ultimately defines what a feel-good movie can be." "Cast to perfection, beautifully shot"
★★★★ - Empire Magazine
"Arterton triumphs again and Swale marks herself as a director to watch."
★★★★ - Daily Mirror
"An uplifting meditation on love, longing and loss"
★★★★ - Observer
"This boasts real substance beneath the surface, keeping its feet on the ground and its head in the clouds", "What a lovely, hopeful and rather magical movie this is”, “A tale of love lost and found, told with wit and charm”
★★★★ - London Evening Standard
"Canny and adorable, Summerland's a family film with a difference."
★★★★ - Daily Telegraph
“Gemma Arterton is magnificent”, “This is all richly engaging and intriguing – thanks especially to Arterton’s zesty yet finely textured performance”
★★★½ - Stuff
"A deeply satisfying watch." "The impressive Gemma Arterton again proves why she’s one of the finest actors of her generation"