Summer in February (2013)


The Newlyn School of artists flourished at the beginning of the 20th Century and the film focuses on the wild and bohemian Lamorna Group, which included Alfred Munnings and Laura and Harold Knight. The incendiary anti-Modernist Munnings, now regarded as one of Britain’s most sought-after artists, is at the centre of the complex love triangle, involving aspiring artist Florence Carter-Wood and Gilbert Evans, the land agent in charge of the Lamorna Valley estate. True – and deeply moving – the story is played out against the timeless beauty of the Cornish coast, in the approaching shadow of The Great War.

Drama, with Dominic Cooper, Emily Browning, Dan Stevens, Hattie Morahan and Shaun Dingwall.

I have to confess that I haven’t read Jonathan Smith’s novel yet, but I will as I loved that sad love story of a young woman blinded by admiration for the charismatic and talented A J Munnings. I’ve decided as well to get some books on the paintings of  Sir Alfred Munnings and Dame Laura Knight, I just love their styles. Here is the real “The Morning Ride: Florence Munnings on Horseback” (1913) :


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