Independent Film Company presents The Sea – a film by Stephen Brown | North American Premiere | Toronto International Film Festival 2013

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Independent Film Company presents

The Sea

A film by Stephen Brown

North American Premiere | TIFF | Sept. 7 | 5:00PM | TIFF Bell Lightbox 2


Ciarán Hinds

 Sinéad Cusack

Ruth Bradley

Charlotte Rampling

Karl Johnson

Directed by Stephen Brown

Adapted for the screen from his award-winning novel by author John Banville

Produced by Luc Roeg, Michael Robinson and David Collins


The Sea is an adaptation of a novel by John Banville that won the Man Booker Prize in 2005. The book has achieved universal acclaim for its compelling and deft treatment of the grand themes of love, death, identity and the strongest emotions associated with the human condition, told through an engaging plot with perfectly drawn characters.

The story opens with Max Morden (Ciarán Hinds Munich, Rome) learning that his wife Anna (Sinéad Cusack Camelot, Eastern Promises) has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Not long after her death, Max arrives at a seaside boarding house, The Cedars, with his daughter Clare (Ruth Bradley Grabbers, Primeval), where he is tended to by the proprietor Miss Vavasour (Charlotte Rampling The Verdict, The Duchess) and doddery resident Blunden (Karl Johnson The Illusionist, Rome).

As he settles into The Cedars guesthouse, Max retreats into his memories, retracing his steps on an idyllic summer from his childhood, remembering an unusual family he once adored. Natascha McElhone (The Truman Show, Californication) plays otherworldly mother Connie Grace; Rufus Sewell (Dark City, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) slips into the sandals of her eccentric husband Carlo. Missy Keating and Padhraig Parkinson play their young children: the tumultuous Chloe and her mute twin brother Myles.

“This is the journey of a man whose wife has died and he goes back to his childhood haunt where he was taken on holiday and fell in love,” says director Stephen Brown. “It’s the revisiting and the re-examining of that time in light of the great loss he has just suffered.”


About Independant Film Company

INDEPENDENT specializes in the development, financing, production and distribution of independent feature films. Led by CEO Luc Roeg who has over twenty years experience in the film business, INDEPENDENT has a team of highly motivated and experienced professionals with expertise in project development, production, structured finance, sales and marketing. In addition to developing, producing and distributing its own content, INDEPENDENT also acquires third party rights to manage through its sales and distribution divisions. INDEPENDENT’s distribution division specialises in the acquisition and distribution of content across all media channels in the UK (theatrical, TV, DVD, digital, etc.).