// The Beachcombers

My first short film ‘The Beachcombers’ was funded by Film London via The Lewisham Film Initiative and was winner of The Film London Best Of Borough Audience Award 2009 (BoBs) presented at BAFTA and chosen by the viewers of ITV London.
The ‘feel good’ film was shot over two days in January 2008 on the banks of the River Thames.
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Super16mm (Colour)                      Running Time: 10:00

Divided by the vast expanse of water that is the River Thames, and afraid to make the first move, shy recluses Simon and Claire are united by their fixation with beachcombing the riverbanks in search of rare antiquities.

However, when Simon unearths an old coin, it gives him the ideal opportunity to finally cross over the river.

The Beachcombers is a quirky, heart-warming tale of friendship and love, set against the backdrop of modern day London.

Players

Rasmus Hardiker plays Simon. He is best known for his roles as Philip Chase in the BBC’s adaptation of The Rotters’ Club and as Raymond in Steve Coogan‘s sitcom Saxondale, as well as appearing in the Jack Dee comedy Lead Balloon as Ben. He has also had roles in popular UK TV series such as ITV1’s Afterlife as well as the BBC’s Funland. Film roles include Magicians, Starter For 10 and I Want Candy,

Charity Wakefield plays Claire. She is best known for her role as Marianne Dashwood in the BBC’s latest version of Sense and Sensibility. She trained at the Oxford School Of Drama and made her screen debut in 2004’s (Past Present Future) Imperfect.

She has also appeared extensively on stage. Her credits include Constance in The Three Musketeers, at the Bristol Old Vic; and Elaine in The Graduate, at the New Vic and as Susan in Baby with the Bathwater at the Old Red Lion Theatre

A film By -- Chris Croucher & Mark Beynon
Producer -- Michael Berliner
Director of Photography -- Anna Valdez-Hanks
Production Designer -- Catrin Meredydd
Executive Producers- Geoff Cockwill & Sunny Varkey