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Gemma Arterton transforms into private writer for WW2 movie Summerland

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 14/07/2020 Rianne Addo For Mailonline

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The first trailer for Jessica Swale’s upcoming film Summerland was released on Tuesday.   

Actress Gemma Arterton transforms into reclusive writer Alice who reluctantly takes in child evacuee Frank (Lucas Bond) during the Second World War. 

After butting heads, the characters eventually bond, with the young boy helping the private author reconnect with her lesbian lover (Gugu Mbatha-Raw).

Gemma Arterton attending the UK Premiere of RADIOACTIVE at Curzon Mayfair, London. (Photo by Lauren Hurley/PA Images via Getty Images) © PA Wire/PA Images Gemma Arterton attending the UK Premiere of RADIOACTIVE at Curzon Mayfair, London. (Photo by Lauren Hurley/PA Images via Getty Images) The trailer begins with Alice studying folklore, before Frank unexpectedly turns up at her door to live with her following the London Blitz.

The lonely protagonist is often lonely as she secludes herself in her work, but once she forges a close friendship with Frank, she's encouraged to open her heart.

a close up of Gemma Arterton: Love story: After butting heads, the characters eventually bond, with the young boy helping the private author reconnect with her lesbian lover (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) © Provided by Daily Mail Love story: After butting heads, the characters eventually bond, with the young boy helping the private author reconnect with her lesbian lover (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) During the drama, which is set for release in cinemas on July 31, Alice unlocks secrets of her past, which includes falling in love with a woman - something that was taboo at the time.  

The screen star, 34, is cast in the lead role of the directorial debut of Olivier Award-winning playwright Jessica, who also penned the screenplay of the feature. 

a group of people sitting at a table: Surprise! The trailer begins with Alice studying folklore, before Frank unexpectedly turns up at her door to live with her following the London Blitz © Provided by Daily Mail Surprise! The trailer begins with Alice studying folklore, before Frank unexpectedly turns up at her door to live with her following the London Blitz

Speaking about her portrayal, Gemma previously said: 'Jessica gave me a wonderful gift in the character of Nell Gwynn, and she’s done it again with Alice in Summerland. 

'Jessica is an exciting new voice in film and I’m very privileged to be able to work with her as a director. She has impeccable instincts, a clear vision and inspires confidence in everyone around her.'

Gemma Arterton wearing a blue shirt: Change: The lonely protagonist is often lonely as she secludes herself in her work, but once she forges a close friendship with Frank, she's encouraged to open her heart © Provided by Daily Mail Change: The lonely protagonist is often lonely as she secludes herself in her work, but once she forges a close friendship with Frank, she's encouraged to open her heart The trailer for Gemma's new film came after she graced the cover of Harper's Bazaar, and revealed she believes women have been 'pitted against each other' in the film industry because of the 'fewer opportunities' available to them.

The thespian said: 'I think the film industry has definitely changed for the better – it's generally very supportive. 

a close up of a person: Romance: In the drama, which is set for release in cinemas on July 31, Alice unlocks  her past secrets, which includes falling in love with a woman - something that was taboo at the time © Provided by Daily Mail Romance: In the drama, which is set for release in cinemas on July 31, Alice unlocks  her past secrets, which includes falling in love with a woman - something that was taboo at the time 'I've always said, the only reason women are pitted against each other is because they have fewer opportunities, so they feel threatened. 

'There's more opportunity today, and in my experience, when there are lots of women together in a crew or cast, it's great.'   

Gemma Arterton wearing a dress: Candid: The thespian, 34, recently revealed she believes women have been 'pitted against each other' in the industry due to the 'fewer opportunities' available to them (pictured in 2019) © Provided by Daily Mail Candid: The thespian, 34, recently revealed she believes women have been 'pitted against each other' in the industry due to the 'fewer opportunities' available to them (pictured in 2019)

On growing up in Gravesend, the media personality added: 'It's such a taboo to talk about but I still feel very working-class. Of course, I'm not any more – I've moved up to London and I have nice stuff – but I am in my soul.'

The TV, film and stage star rose to fame as Kelly Jones in St Trinian's back in 2007, and went on to play Bond Girl Strawberry Fields in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace the following year.

Gemma has since starred in big productions such as Clash of the Titans, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and The Escape. 


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