On The Sea


Sophomore feature by The Violators' writer-director Helen Walsh. A profound and moving exploration of gay male desire in a remote yet savagely beautiful fishing community.


Jack (47) has worked at the family-run Smokehouse on the rugged coast of North Wales for most of his life. He works alongside his elder brother, Peter (55), a serious and deeply religious man - and Peter’s three sons. Jack has always assumed that his own son, Tom (15), will join the family business on leaving school. But Tom has bigger plans and when he reveals these to his father tensions abound. The tensions are intensified by the arrival of an itinerant skipper, Daniel (27), who makes known his feelings for Jack. In this remote, rural community where life revolves around Church and fishery, Jack is faced with an impossible dilemma. On The Sea is a beautiful, sensual and at times, tragic exploration of masculinity, place and desire.


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