Jaywick Escapes

  • a SOMEWHERE film
  • produced and directed by KAREN GUTHRIE & NINA POPE
  • executive producer MARC ISAACS
  • assistant producer LISA JAMES
  • original score TIM OLDEN
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Despite being officially Britain's most deprived place, Jaywick promises a fresh start with sea views at bargain rents, just a stone's throw from London.

This film follows the lives of three Jaywick newcomers, drifters whose reasons to escape here are revealed across a year. At its heart is Nick, a reformed wide boy. Recently widowed, he fulfils a long-held dream of moving to Jaywick, throwing himself into a new life.

But before long, and as they have for the town itself, things seem to go very wrong.

Jaywick Escapes is now available to buy on DVD here.

See the Film

Watch this space for news of future screenings in 2014 or buy the lovely new DVD here.

Jaywick Escapes showed as part of the wonderful Open City Docs Fest and we held a special screening and discussion at the Dana Centre in the Science Museum, London.

Jaywick Escapes
premiered at the wonderful Sheffield Doc / Fest 2012 on the 13th & 14th of June.
Shortly afterwards the London premiere at the East End Film Festival sold out, as did the next screening at the Hackney Picture House. Closer to 'home', the film recently opened the Colchester Film Festival as the gala premiere.

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Directors Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie came to this little-known corner of the Essex coast by chance several years before embarking on the film. A friend was working with Jaywick Martello Tower, a quirky 18th century fort on the edge of the town, recently restored as an arts venue. Somewhere (Karen & Nina's company) eventually put on an exhibition at the Tower, along the way finding out enough about the town and its inhabitants to want to go a lot deeper and to make their third film there.

You can read more about the making of the film and future screenings in our blog below.

Jaywick Escapes is British producer / director Karen Guthrie & Nina Pope's third documentary film, following Bata-ville: we are not afraid of the future (2005) and Living with the Tudors (2008). Shot and recorded chiefly by the directors themselves from 2009 -11, many of their long-term collaborators such as composer Tim Olden, camera operator John Podpadec and sound recordist Paul Baker also joined them on Jaywick Escapes.

You can read the film-makers' full biography on the Somewhere website.


Delighted to at long last be bringing the film to its hometown for a screening!

Friday Feb 28th at Jaywick Martello Tower, The Promenade, Belsize Ave, Jaywick, Essex CO15 2LF

6.30pm for 6.45pm start

Free entry but please RSVP to Kerith Ririe as places are limited
01225 822783 or email kerith.ririe@essex.gov.uk)

A Jaywick Week

It's been such a nice week sending out copies of Jaywick Escapes to all our DVD buyers and catching up with lots of folk who helped make the film happen, also talking to journalists who've been writing nice reviews of the film:

Flicks and the City here
Britflicks here

DVD in time for Christmas!

Preview copies winging their was to a few important VIPs who are in the film right now - very soon available to the planet :-)

Infact from December the 16th they will be sent out from our Somewhere Shop - why not pre-order your copy now?

Jaywick Escapes wins award!

We are really so delighted to be win an award this year in the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival, a wonderfully creative, ambitious and very worthwhile festival that takes place right across Scotland right now!

Thanks to everyone who made it happen!

London screening - June 20 - Open City Festival

After a quiet winter (well, it's the seaside after all) Jaywick Escapes has a new summer screening confirmed as part of the fantastic Open City Docs Fest in central London.

Jaywick Escapes Screening

Thur 20 June / 12:30

Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AH

All the programme & booking info is online here

Free London screening - do come!

A FREE upcoming screening is being held on Wednesday 23 January 2013, 19:00 - 21:00
Dana Centre, Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London

Co-director Nina Pope will take part after the screening in a talk with expert Paula Orr, on the social effects of climate change.

Booking / info here

"The fight back starts here with Jaywick Escapes"

Meanwhile back in Essex, we were rather honoured to be Colchester Film Festival's Gala opening film yesterday evening, at First Site in Colchester, who have themselves really supported us.
A nice blog review makes me very proud:

"The damaging headlines of recent years have hurt the town without offering any solutions. The fight back starts here with Jaywick Escapes"

Another London Screening Date

After our sell out screening at the East End Film Festival we're delighted to annouce there will be another screening close to Somewhere home at our favourite local cinema - Hackney Picture House. It will be at 14.00 on Sunday the 23rd of September. Book now to avoid disappointment! There's currently only 20 tickets left.

Produced & Directed by Karen Guthrie & Nina Pope

  • Editors - Doug Howarth & Alice Powell
  • Camera - Nina Pope & John Podpadec
  • Sound Recording - Karen Guthrie & Paul Baker
  • Executive Producer - Marc Isaacs
  • Additional Sound Recording - Tim Olden
  • Assistant Producer - Lisa James
  • Runner - James Gilpin
  • Dubbing Mixer - Paul Langwade
  • Colourist - Adrian Brindle
  • Post Production - Air Post

Original Score Written, Arranged & Produced by Tim Olden

‘Jaywick Fayre’
Written & performed by Roads to Siam
(Terry Nelson, Chris Grove, Mark Guthrie, Sean Guthrie)
Engineered by Jamie Savage & Recorded at Chem19, Hamilton

Written & performed by Trim
© Javan St Prix
Courtesy of Javan St Prix

Film Archive

  • Archive of the late Harold Dilworth Crewdson
  • Derek Maddison
  • East Anglian Film Archive (UEA)
  • John Chittock OBE
  • William & Pam Stevens

Thanks to all of the residents of Jaywick who contributed to the making of this film

Special Thanks

  • Angie Allen
  • Barry & Sue Shimell
  • Billy Ball Jnr & The Clacton Pier Company
  • BFI
  • Brenda Oliver
  • Charlie McCann
  • Cheryl Stubbins
  • Christina Burnett
  • Clacton Aero Club
  • Clacton Library
  • Clacton-on-Sea Police Press Office
  • Connells Estate Agents (Clacton-on-Sea)
  • David Rothwell
  • Debbie Chisholm
  • East Anglian Film Archive (UEA)
  • Essex County Council
  • Essex Records Office
  • Frances Boardman
  • Friends of Brooklands
  • Friends of Jaywick Martello Tower
  • Georgia Ward
  • Jan Tomalin
  • Jaywick Community Resource Centre
  • Jaywick Martello Tower
  • Jaywick Sure Start
  • Jeremy Hutchings & Hencilla Canworth Ltd
  • Jess Search
  • John MacDonald
  • Kathy Hinde
  • Keith Ridley
  • Kerrie Quinton
  • Kerith Ririe
  • Linda Marshall
  • Macaulay Mills
  • Mick Masterton
  • Margaret O'Dell & Jaywick Neighbourhood Team
  • Marjorie Norfolk
  • Nick Parkes
  • Norman Thomas
  • Pat Bodin
  • PLRS Clacton
  • Presslaw.org
  • Rebecca Carter
  • Ryan Rowson
  • Sara Orpin
  • Scott Shand
  • Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival
  • Signpost Resource Centre
  • Silvia Hobbs & Golf Green Hall
  • Sue Giovanni
  • Susan Aris
  • The Haven Plotland Museum
  • The Kingfisher Twirling Team
  • Tyrone Sullivan
  • Val Stockwell
  • Waverley Excursions Ltd
  • William & Pam Stevens
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