Summer in February

Summer in February

Christopher Menaul (2012)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Teacher Jonathan Smith's novel about a real-life group of bohemian artists living on the Cornish coast just before the First World War was published in 1996. Back then, he probably never imagined that his most prodigious student would go on to produce and take a lead role in its big-screen adaptation. But his pupil was Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens, and he has brought his mentor's work to glittering life here, with a touching performance as Gilbert Evans, the land agent in charge of the Lamorna Estate. Dominic Cooper oozes charisma as roguish artist AJ Munnings, who is at the heart of the group, but events take a devastating turn when effortless beauty Florence Carter-Wood (played by Emily Browning) arrives and steals the hearts of both men. The real star of the film, however, is undoubtedly the landscape: the dramatic cliffs, crashing waves and oppressive clouds gloriously captured gathering overhead create the perfect setting for this heartbreaking love-triangle.


Premiere. Painter AJ Munnings goes to live in a bohemian commune on the Cornish coast at the turn of the 20th century. He is drawn into a love triangle with a fellow artist and a land agent in charge of the estate while around them Europe edges towards the outbreak of the First World War. Period drama, starring Dominic Cooper, Emily Browning and Dan Stevens.

Cast & Crew

AJ Munnings Dominic Cooper
Florence Carter-Wood Emily Browning
Gilbert Evans Dan Stevens
Laura Knight Hattie Morahan
Harold Knight Shaun Dingwall
Dolly Mia Austen
Joey Carter-Wood Max Deacon
Colonel Paynter Michael Maloney
Mr Carter-Wood Nicholas Farrell
Mr Jory Roger Ashton-Griffiths
Director Christopher Menaul
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: MetrodomeGuidance: Swearing, nudity.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 14 Jun 2013