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Beyond the Beach – The Hell and the Hope

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Director:
Graeme Scott, Buddy Squires
Production:
Dover Street Entertainment (Graeme Scott, Kathy LoPrimo)
Running Time:
82’
Language:
English, Italian, Arabic
Country:
UK
Year:
2019
Screenplay:
Sarah Kerley-Burton
Cinematographer:
Buddy Squires
Editor:
Grant Jolly, Mickey McKnight, Steve Ramsden
Music:
Russ and Chris Ballard
Sound:
Onsight

Synopsis

Beyond the Beach – The Hell and the Hope gives a glimpse into the lives of doctors, nurses and volunteers who have given up their everyday lives to work in war-torn parts of the world for the Italian NGO Emergency. Created in 1994 by war surgeon Gino Strada, Emergency staff have helped save over 9 million lives around the world. From treating frontline injuries caused by explosions in Kabul, to the monotony of Refugee Camps in Iraq as well as their deployment on the MOAS rescue boats off the coast of Libya, the staff explain how they could not simply stay at home and do nothing knowing they could ‘do something’. We see their laughter, tears and, at times, frustration doing what very few people are brave enough to do and we learn the hardships and emotional stress that they must endure to carry out their missions while never losing hope...

Director’s Statement

Living in a time where we are inundated with a 24-hour news cycle and constantly rolling social media feeds, we are exposed to more information than ever—and we often feel we understand war, conflict and the plight of refugees. However, for me making this film highlighted the chasm between what we think we know about this situation and the reality of their experiences. Working with Buddy Squires, a remarkable and talented cinematographer and my co-director, we set out to capture the essence of what it truly felt like to live daily in a situation which is often reduced to a news soundbite. We witness pain and suffering in tragic circumstances from a first-hand perspective, and the remarkable, humility and kindness of the people at Emergency who have given themselves to help others in need. (Graeme Scott)

Producers/Distributors

PRODUCTION 1: Kathy LoPrimo, Graeme Scott - Dover Street Entertainment Limited
45 Broadwick Street
W1F 9QW – London, United Kingdom
Tel. 07496249040
gascott@doverstreetentertainment.com
http://www.doverstreetentertainment.com

WORLD SALES: Ken McMahon
45 Broadwick Street
Soho, London
W1F 9QW
+44 7939 721492
ken.mcmahon@doverstreetentertainment.com

ITALIAN PRESS OFFICE: Adele Ibbotson, Riccardo Boscherini – DDA
192-198 Vauxhall Bridge Road
SW1V 1DX – London, Italy
Tel. 02079329800
beyondthebeach@ddapr.com

INTERNATIONAL PRESS OFFICE: Adele Ibbotson, Riccardo Boscherini – DDA
192-198 Vauxhall Bridge Road
SW1V 1DX – London, Uk
Tel. +44 7530 965 120
beyondthebeach@ddapr.com


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