SEASIDE SPECIAL is a love letter to Brexit Britain: a consciously warm-hearted look at Britain’s only remaining “End-of-the-Pier” variety show – far away from London – as the town of Cromer and the cast prepare for the 2019 summer season.
The film portrays a town from a different time, full of quintessentially British types, but which also offers a highly topical outlook: It’s about attitude, craftsmanship, and authenticity. It’s about community and values, about the humor of our British neighbors, their originality, and their quirks – which we as Europeans will sorely miss.
“There is a reason I called SEASIDE SPECIAL 'a love letter' and not just 'a film by…', and that reason is: I am upset. As a
European with close ties to Britain who also believes in “Europe”, I feel like a jilted lover. I am just angry and frustrated by the whole crazy Brexit thing. And I’ve had enough of idiotic populism and division politics. I had to do something about it. And that something became a very personal documentary film about… everything I love about Britain. SEASIDE SPECIAL became my rejoinder. Not a political documentary, but instead a defiantly convivial, colorful, passionate missive by a fellow European – with full-on singing and dancing. My reaction to the sense of community I experienced in Cromer, the very antidote to populism. It’s all about things being better together.”