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Albatross

Synopsis

Seventeen year old force-of-nature Emelia starts a new job at The Cliff House, a small hotel run by the dysfunctional Fischer family. Beth Fischer, also seventeen, is cramming for her exams in a desperate bid to escape to University. Dad Jonathan is an author. Once the bright young thing of the literary establishment, he is now suffering interminable writer's block. Wife Joa runs the hotel Jonathan bought with earnings from his first book. She resents it, him, and everyone around her as she gave up her 'promising career as an actress' for this.

Emelia is an aspiring writer; believing she is following in the footsteps of her great-grandfather Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle. Jonathan sees promise in Emelia and begins to tutor her, but their relationship quickly crosses the pupil-teacher line and they embark on a love affair. At the same time, Emelia and Beth strike up a surprise friendship: Emelia's free-spirit helps Beth learn to let her hair down and Emelia is inspired by Beth's determination and focus.

Secrets are revealed as the threads of the story collide and unravel. Can Emelia get rid of the Albatross that hangs round her neck and rewrite herself?

Details

Year
2010
Type of film
Features
Running Time
90 mins
Director
Niall MacCormick 1st Feature
Producer
Andrew Fingret, Andrew Litvin
Editor
Mark Eckersley
Screenwriter
Tamzin Rafn
Director of Photography
Jan Jonaeus
Production Designer
Paul Cripps
Sound
Simon Farmer
Music
Jack C Arnold
Principal Cast
Sebastian Koch, Julia Ormond, Felicity Jones, Peter Vaughan, Harry Treadaway, Jessica Brown-Findlay

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