British coming-of-age comedy drama, Albatross, has been released on Video-On-Demand yesterday (2nd December), starring Jessica Brown Findlay (TV’s Downton Abbey) as 17-year-old Emelia Conan-Doyle, the heir to the legacy of Scottish writer Arthur Conan Doyle.
Directed by Niall MacCormick (TV’s The Song of Lunch), Albatross follows Emelia, an aspiring writer who hopes to follow in the literary footsteps of her grandfather, whilst she’s also working at a seaside hotel on the south coast of England, owned by writers-blocked Jonathan (Sebastian Koch – Unknown). His wife Joa (Julia Ormond – My Week with Marilyn) also runs the hotel, and Emelia becomes friends with his daughter, Beth (Felicity Jones – Like Crazy). Their friendship is soon threatened, however, when Emelia and Jonathan begin an affair after they connect over their love of books.
Premiering at the Edinburgh International Film Festival earlier this year, Brown-Findlay has received a universal praise for her performance.
The film stars a number of other Brits including Peter Vaughan, Harry Treadaway, and Thomas Brodie Sangster, and as well as the IFC films Video-On-Demand release (check your cable box on-demand section for availability) it will also have a limited theatrical release on 2nd January, 2012.