New feature on the charming Summerland’s shooting locations

One of the first films to arrive back in UK cinemas since lockdown started all those months ago and now available on digital download, Lionsgate UK brought us Summerland, a charming and thoroughly British wartime drama. As well as being a highly entertaining movie, it looks absolutely terrific too. Acclaimed cinematographer Laurie Rose takes full advantage of his surroundings for some spectacular shots. Read on to learn more about that and Summerland itself.


Summerland is the acclaimed WWII-drama with an all-star British cast featuring Gemma Arterton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Tom Courtenay. The film is written and directed by Jessica Swale (Nell Gwynn), and is produced by Guy Heeley (Locke) and Adrian Sturges (Chimerica). 

Production for the film was announced in April 2017, with Gemma Arterton cast in the seaside flick. Apart from the intriguing plot and impressive cast, the scenery is certainly another reason to watch. Find out all you need to know about where Summerland was filmed below.

The film was shot on location throughout East Sussex, in the seaside towns of Seaford, Brighton and Kent. The locations boast picturesque views of the coast, a resort for locals and tourists, and some of the most impressive seaside views in Great Britain. 

Thanks to the sea views, high cliffs and sandy beaches, Summerland’s backdrop is often a scene stealer, which is sure to lead to more interest in the area along the coast.

What is Summerland about?

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 other-worldly forces and 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 wonder unlock deeply buried and painful secrets in Alice’s past, and make her re-evaluate what it really means to free your imagination. Bravely embracing life’s miraculous unpredictability, Alice learns that wounds may be healed, hope and second chances do exist, and any woman must defiantly be two things: who and what she wants.

Summerland is still showing in UK cinemas and available now via digital download. You can read my ⭐⭐⭐⭐ review here.

Ben Peyton

I'm a former actor and now full-time dad and husband. My passion for movies has led me to being Time & Leisure Magazine's resident film critic. I also write for The Movie Waffler and Filmhounds Magazine. To get in touch, click on the contact link. Thanks for stopping by!

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