Bhaji on the Beach, image courtsey of Park Circus

Bhaji on the Beach

Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House

Thu 17 Aug 2017
Doors 18.30
£17.00 + booking fees

DJ from 18.45 Film starts approximately 21.00. For telephone bookings call 0844 847 1715 (booking with Ticketmaster, calls will cost 7p per minute plus your network access charge)

The Edmond J. Safra
Fountain Court

This big-hearted British comedy follows a group of South Asian women as they head to Blackpool for a fun-filled, emotion-packed day at the beach.

Certificate 15
Duration 101 mins

This is one summer trip you won’t want to miss, as director Gurinder Chadha and writer Meera Syal’s funny, frank and touching 1993 British comedy returns to the big-screen. Full of charm and packed with incident, the film follows a group of South Asian women as they cram into a minibus and hit the road, travelling from their Wolverhampton home to Blackpool for a day at the beach. However, what should have been a fun outing also brings with it its fair share of drama, with domestic abuse, teenage pregnancy, interracial relationships, marital frustration and the inevitable tension between generations all playing their part to ensure there’s never a dull moment (Chadha even throws in a few crowd-pleasing Bollywood flourishes).

Inspired by Syal’s own childhood trips to Blackpool, this is a big-hearted delight guaranteed to provoke nostalgia not only for the film itself (which was a groundbreaking favourite upon release, predating similarly-themed hits Bend It Like Beckham and East is East) but also for those memorable family holidays that maybe didn’t work out quite as planned. 



DJ from 18.45 | Paul Hanford
We’ll all be going on a summer holiday.

Among the film’s highlights are a Punjabi rendition of ‘Summer Holiday’ and a magical take on Blackpool lighting up in the dark. 

Farrah Anwar, Sight & Sound
Bhaji On The Beach Trailer
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