Norfolk born film maker shoots BFI-funded production on Sheringham beach


Date published: 4th October 2021

Ella Glendining, one of Screen Daily’s Screen Stars of Tomorrow, has filmed her upcoming short film [with the working title ‘Octopus’], on one of North Norfolk’s most beautiful stretches of beach.

Also filmed at The Crown Pub and St. Peter’s Church in Sheringham, the film explores themes of love, friendship, sexuality, disability and gender identity through the perspective of a group of friends reconnecting after tragedy and changes in their friendship dynamics.

The short independent film has been backed by British Film Institute funding.

Ella grew up in Norfolk studied Film and Moving Image Production at Norwich University of the Arts and spent much of her childhood in various North Norfolk towns, including Sheringham – a destination she chose to return to for her film.


After entering the world of filmmaking, Ella quickly discovered how many challenges disabled creatives face when trying to find a place in the industry, and she seeks to combat systemic ableism and misrepresentation in her work and casting.

Commenting on why Sheringham was chosen as the location, Ella said:

“It’s very beautiful, there’s so much here for the imagination, with lovely scenery. I think there’s not enough attention given to rural locations”

Under it’s working title, ‘October‘ will be submitted to various film festivals before public release, which will be revealed through Ella’s social media accounts.

Since 2019, North Norfolk has seen more interest in independent and domestic filming – especially on the beaches.

North Norfolk District Council welcomes film makers and productions on Council owned land. If you would like to shoot your production in North Norfolk, please contact the Comms team

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