Strawberry Fields (2011 film)

Strawberry Fields is a 2011 light psycho-drama film directed by Frances Lea and starring Anna Madeley, Emun Elliott, and Christine Bottomley. It is set in the Kent countryside of England during the summer fruit picking season. It was filmed entirely on location in Kent county,[1] and the background reflects the extensive fruit growing economy of Kent (sometimes called the Garden of England).

Strawberry Fields
Directed byFrances Lea
Produced byLiam Beatty
Lucie Wenigerova
Written byJudith Johnson
Frances Lea
StarringAnna Madeley
Emun Elliott
Christine Bottomley
Music byBryony Afferson
James Stone
CinematographyDave Miller
Edited byCinzia Baldessari
Distributed byBBC Films
Release date
  • November 2011 (2011-11) (London Film Festival)
  • July 6, 2012 (2012-07-06)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryEngland
LanguageEnglish

Plot

The plot follows the exploits of two sisters, Gillian and Emily, recently bereaved by the death of their mother, and with a long history of a strained and troubled relationship. Both sisters have psychological problems, the results of which provide the key story lines for the film. The cast are all itinerant fruit pickers on the fictional Rymans Farm. Kev, an older Scottish picker (played by Emun Elliott) who has grandiose but unfulfilled plans for his future, and Fabio (played by Jonathan Bonnici), a headstrong and sexually demanding young Italian picker, provide the material for the underlying sexual tension of the film. At heart the principal storyline follows Gillian's attempts to escape from Emily, frustrated by her own conflicting desire to care for her mentally ill sister.[2]

Production

The film was produced by Spring Pictures, working in association with Film London, BBC Films, Screen South, Screen East, MetFilm, and the Kent County Council Film Office. Additional funding was provided by the National Lottery through the UK Film Council, and the office of the Mayor of London.

The production filmed at Foxbury Farm in Sevenoaks and Shellness, Leysdown in Kent.[3]

References

  1. See review at Roobla.
  2. Further detail at Screen Daily website.
  3. Kent Film Office. "Kent Film Office Strawberry Fields Article".
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