AJ is a socially awkward 17-year-old who is reluctantly joining her family for a seaside holiday. When she discovers the campsite doesn’t even have Wi-Fi, it promises to be the worst week of her life. That is, until she lays her eyes on the resident lifeguard Isla and is instantly smitten. Sharply scripted and featuring a tremendous lead performance from newcomer Nell Barlow, this crowd pleasing coming of age tale explores sexual awakening and family dynamics with heart and humour.
What the critics say….
“This uplifting drama delivers two remarkable debuts for the price of one, as Nell Barlow stars in director Marley Morrison’s quirky spin on the holiday romance. Skulking around a Dorset campsite in her bucket hat and shades, 17-year-old AJ (Barlow) is determined not to enjoy a caravan getaway with her fragmenting family. Then she meets lifeguard Isla (Ella-Rae Smith), who is intrigued by the socially awkward AJ….(But) not everything runs smoothly in their nascent attraction…a story that is smartly scripted, drolly directed and played with finesse by Barlow” - David Parkinson, Radio Times
“The holiday romance coming-of-ager is the genre that’s given writer-director Marley Morrison her likable feature debut….a good-natured love story, doomed to flower and fade in the space of a single holiday, leaving behind the traditional coming-of-age realisation that friends and family are what’s important right now. Morrison makes good use of the faintly weird locations of the holiday park and its static caravans” - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
“Marley Morrison’s enchanting comedy makes something convincingly British of a form that the American indie cadre has exploited to near exhaustion (awkward teenagers). Among Morrison’s most notable achievements is her ability to convey the wretchedness of later teenage years while keeping the stakes relatively low. British indie rock tracks by the likes of Porridge Radio and Cigarettes After Sex complement the action. One of the year’s best feature debuts” - Donald Clarke, The Irish Times