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The Sea

ALT | International Shorts

As Jenny sits on a bench by the beach, she is joined by friends, family, and loved ones in a series of seemingly random encounters that lead to a devastating conclusion. The Sea is about the moments that make up a person’s life. We go deep into a woman’s mind as it fractures and very successfully shows us what it must be like to suffer from dementia. This strangely formal piece presents a unique way to look at this affliction, through her thoughts. It evolves from these postcard encounters, which you start to piece together, while the bench helps give a structure to the parade of memory fragments. Staring Anna Friel (Butterfly, Pushing Daisies) and Russell Tovey (Being Human, Angels in America) this is a quiet, amazing film where order gives way to disorder, and which becomes very moving by the end.

"The Sea is a deeply personal film written during a week I spent visiting my Grandma in a nursing home, imagining the experiences of someone with dementia, placing the audience inside their world as memories and characters from their lives converge into one setting. My aim was to humanize the disease, taking it away from simply an exterior of old age and recognizing the person within them: the lives they have led and the memories that are still alive within them." - Cameron Richards

Screens in program A Matter of Identity


Canadian premiere
Country of Origin: UK
Year: 2019
Running Time: 14 mins
Format: DCP
Language:In English
Related Links: Official Website | Trailer
Cast: Anna Friel, Russell Tovey, David Elliot, Megan Stewart, Rhoda Ofori-Attah, Gracie Friel
Executive Producer: Anna Friel, Mark Foligno, Ken Petrie
Producer: Megan Stewart
Screenwriter: Cameron Richards
Cinematographer: Robert OʼKelly
Editor: Flaura Atkinson
Production Design: Martina Frikkle
Production Company: these people make pictures
Print Source: these people make pictures

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