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Join the writer/director of SUMMERLAND, Jessica Swale, in conversation with lead actors Gemma Arterton and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, moderated by journalist Rebecca Sun. The film follows a reclusive writer resigned to a solitary life, until she’s called upon to adopt a young London evacuee during World War II. This video is courtesy of Women in Film's Laptop Cinema Club.

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Producer / Actor
Arterton won her first professional role in CAPTURING MARY while she was still at drama school. In 2008, she appeared in QUANTUM OF SOLACE. Her most controversial role to date was in the 2009 film THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED required her to be handcuffed to a bed and wear a ball gag in her mouth throughout. more...
Playwright / Screenwriter / Director
Jessica is an Olivier award winning playwright, screenwriter and director. As playwright, Jessica's first play BLUE STOCKINGS won her an Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright nomination. Her followup, NELL GWYNN, starring Gemma Arterton won the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. more...
Actor
Mbatha-Raw's breakthrough came with the British period drama BELLE (2013), for which she won the BIFA Award for Best Actress, and the romantic drama BEYOND THE LIGHTS (2014). Her leading performance as the titular character in Jessica Swale's 2015 play NELL GWYNN earned her a nomination for the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress. more...

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