Film adaptation tells the tale of this Old Framlinghamian’s ill-feted first marriage . . .
Many at Framlingham College are already familiar with Jonathan Smith’s novel Summer in February as it was only recently a FramSoc book club choice and a group of us also hugely enjoyed visiting Sir Alfred Munnings’ house in Dedham, so it is very exciting to anticipate the film adaptation of this story, which tells the tale of this notorious Old Framlinghamian’s ill-fated first marriage and is released on 14 June.
Sir Alfred Munnings, from Mendham in Suffolk, studied at Framlingham College before moving on to study Art at the Norwich School of Art. His famous painting Charge of Flowerdew’s Squadron has pride of place to this day at the College’s preparatory school, Brandeston Hall, where it inspires future artists.
Summer in February is set in the years running up to the First World War and focuses on the wild and bohemian Lamorna Group, dominated by the charismatic Alfred Munnings (OF). The incendiary anti-Modernist Munnings, now one of Britain’s most sought-after artists, is at the heart of a complex love triangle, also involving aspiring young painter Florence Carter-Wood and Gilbert Evans, the land agent in charge of the Lamorna estate.
True – and deeply moving – the story is played out against the timeless beauty of the Cornish coast, in the far West of England, beyond the reach of London and its stifling conventions.
The author Jonathan Smith will be speaking about Summer in February at the College on Wednesday 6th November as part of the Framsoc Autumn Term programme – the talk is open to all members of the public.
To view more information on the film and to watch the trailer, please visit this link: http://www.summerinfebruary.com