Aftersun

Sophie reflects on the shared joy and private melancholy of a holiday she took with her father twenty years earlier. Memories real and imagined fill the gaps between miniDV footage as she tries to reconcile the father she knew with the man she didn’t.

Year: 2022

Writer/Director: Charlotte Wells

Producers:  Adele Romanski, Amy Jackson, Barry Jenkins, Mark Ceryak

Production: PASTEL/Unified Theory Productions

Executive Producers: Eva Yates, Lizzie Francke, Kieran Hannigan, Tim Headington, Lia Buman

Editor: Blair McClendon

Music: Oliver Coates

Casting: Lucy Pardee

Lead cast: Paul Mescal, Frankie Corio, Celia Rowlson-Hall 

Screen Scotland funding:  The film accessed £350,000 National Lottery and Scottish Government funding through Screen Scotland’s Film Production and Development Fund. The film also received funding through BBC Films and the BFI.


Synopsis

Sophie reflects on the shared joy and private melancholy of a holiday she took with her father twenty years earlier. Memories real and imagined fill the gaps between miniDV footage as she tries to reconcile the father she knew with the man she didn’t.

Man and women sitting on a train. Man has a cast on his arm and has it wrapped around the girl who has her legs up on the seat.Still from Aftersun. Courtesy of Unified Theory Productions.

More information

World Premiere: Cannes Film Festival 2022

Significant Awards Wins: The inaugural French Touch Prize of the Jury in Cannes Critics' Week


Reviews

Screen Daily: "Marks Wells out as one of the most promising new voices in British cinema in recent years."

The Telegraph: "Aftersun, is excellent, a father-daughter drama with an air of mysterious sadness, managing a skilful evocation of going on holiday 20 years ago or more in the Turkish Riviera."

The Guardian: "This effortlessly relaxed debut by Charlotte Wells is a subtle and complex investigation of post-divorce parenthood, with a brilliant performance by young Francesca Corio"

A man and young girl lie beside a swimming pool.Still from Aftersun, courtesy of Mubi.