Overview On Chesil Beach (2017) Based on Ian McEwan’s novel. In 1962 England, a young couple find their idyllic romance colliding with issues of sexual freedom and societal pressure, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night. Director: Dominic Cooke Writers: Ian McEwan (screenplay), Ian McEwan Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Emily Watson, Anne-Marie Duff On Chesil