In Director Andrew Steggall’s debut film, Beatrice (Juliette Stevenson, Mona Lisa Smile) and her teenage son Elliot (Alex Lawther, The Imitation Game) are preparing for the sale of their vacation home in the south of France. Elliot struggles with his dawning sexuality and an increasing alienation from his mother. Beatrice in turn is upset over the sale of the house and her crumbling marriage.
When an enigmatic local teenager, Clément, enters their lives, both mother and son are compelled to confront their desires and, finally, each other.
Departure is an intimate story beginning at dawn on the first day and ending at night on the sixth, charting the end of a summer, the end of a childhood and the end of an otherwise nuclear, middle class family.
Awards & Press Quotes
Award of the Youth
Cabourg Romantic Film Festival
Special Jury Mention
Dinard British Film Festival
“An assuredly composed coming-of-age tale.” – Screen Daily
“Certain to become an LGBT classic, Departure is a true work of art and is not to be missed…” – The Upcoming
“A poignant watch.” – TimeOut London
“Andrew Steggall’s debut feature shows considerable promise with the sensitivity of its emotional and aesthetic palette . . .” – Variety
“Beautifully shot, quietly involving character study powered by an excellent turn from teenaged talent Lawther, who played the young Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.” – Empire Magazine