Film ID:
YFA 4194



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This film was made by Duchy Parade Films which is a Harrogate-based independent production company. It was produced, written and directed by Bradford born Peter Kershaw in 1992. `Begin, and Cease' is a film about death and is set on a beach. A woman, her two daughters and her father, Harold, are out for a walk along the beach. Harold goes for a walk, on his own, and later is found dead on the beach.

The film opens with a shot of a bed and then of an entire bedroom. The room is quite dark and the bed has a red duvet on it. A tweed jacket and cap are on a chair beside an open window. There is a lingering shot of a vase of poppies and then there is a cut to the name of the film.

Title-Begin, and Cease

Title-Directed by Peter M. Kershaw.

There are black and white shots of two young girls running through a graveyard which is situated on the coast. They are followed by their mother and their grandfather who walk arm-in-arm and chat.

There are brief shots of the sea and cliffs, taken from the beach, and then shots of the sea crashing onto rocks and the beach.

Harold is standing on the cliff top looking out to sea; we see him from the side.

The two girls run along the beach in their Wellies and try to catch their mother. She turns around and chases them over to their half-made sandcastles.

Harold looks out to see and watches a small fishing boat come into the harbour; there are black rags attached to a pole on the boat. Then a man in a black suit walks from the beach up steps to the cliff and stands beside Harold. The man looks out to sea and breathes deeply, and then he sits on the bench behind Harold.

The man in the suit asks if he can smoke and Harold tells him that it won't bother him and that he never did smoke. His daughter waves up at him from the beach.

Harold looks out to see and says that he doesn't think that he will ever see the sea from there again. He starts talking about how much he misses his wife; the man in the suit sits and listens. Then he looks at his pocket watch and tells Harold that it twenty-five to three and that they had better hurry up or they will miss the tides.

The next scene is in colour and it is set in a sitting room; Harold's voice can be heard talking to his wife. It is done in such a way that the viewer knows that it is a memory.

There are more shots of the sea coming onto the shore and washing over sand castles. Then shots of leaves blowing over many old photographs which are spread out on the floor.

There is a voice over of Harold and his wife talking as there are shots of different objects in a dark sitting room: a clock, a vase and a painting. Harold reminisces as water pours down the sitting room wall.

Close up shot of Harold's unblinking eye. Then a coat is taken off Harold's face, which is seen from the camera's point of view. The man holding the coat looks back at Harold's daughter and grandchildren; they hug each other. He puts the coat back over Harold's body, also seen from the camera's point of view.

The final scene is in colour and depicts a man untying a boat from the dock and then the boat sailing out of the harbour.

The credits then roll.


Harold-Geoffrey Banks

Adam-Richard Colson

Margaret-Sally E. Womersley

The Children Polly and Lauren Womersley


Jean Stevens, Jonathan Blakeson, Chris Fitzpatrick, Clementina Herrero

Assistant Director-Jamie Nutgens

Processing by Rank Film Laboratories (Leeds)

Financial assistance from Stephen J. Kershaw, Yorkshire Arts


`Begin, and cease, and then again begin'