Siddhesh Joshi (Editor)

On a Clear Day (film)

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Reddit
6.6/101 Votes Alchetron
1 Ratings
Rate This

Rate This

Director  Gaby Dellal
Initial DVD release  July 11, 2006
Country  Scotland
7/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Drama, Romance
Music director  Stephen Warbeck
Writer  Alex Rose
Language  English
On a Clear Day (film) movie poster
Release date  January 2005 (2005-01) (Sundance Film Festival) 2 September 2005 (2005-09-02) (United Kingdom)
Cast  Peter Mullan (Frank), Brenda Blethyn (Joan), Sean McGinley (Eddie), Jamie Sives (Rob), Billy Boyd (Danny), Ron Cook (Norman)
Similar movies  Interstellar, Zandalee, Fish Tank, Jamon Jamon, The Apartment, Notes on a Scandal
Tagline  Anything is possible

On a Clear Day is a 2005 Scottish drama film written by Alex Rose and directed by Gaby Dellal. It stars Peter Mullan as Frank Redmond, an engineer in the shipyards on the River Clyde, who becomes stagnant and quickly sinks into depression following his redundancy. A naturally strong swimmer, Frank gets an idea while on a 'booze cruise' with his friends to swim the English Channel. Featuring an ensemble cast, it co-stars Brenda Blethyn, Sean McGinley and Billy Boyd, among others.


On a Clear Day (film) movie scenes

The filmed won two BAFTA Scotland Awards for Best Film and Best Screenplay.

On a Clear Day (film) movie scenes

on a clear day 2005 trailer


On a Clear Day (film) wwwgstaticcomtvthumbmovieposters159467p1594

The story is set in Glasgow, Scotland near the banks of the River Clyde. After completing the construction of the ship RFA Mounts Bay, Frank Redmond (played by Peter Mullan) and a few of his co-workers are laid off from the shipyards after 36 years service. This, along with his grief still suffered over the drowning of one of his sons many years ago, plummets Frank into a deep depression. He gets on well with his wife, Joan (Brenda Blethyn), but their relationship is distant. His other son, Rob (Jamie Sives), is a devoted house husband who looks after his twin sons, while his wife, Angela (Jodhi May) works full-time at the local Jobcentre. Rob has a troubled relationship with his father, feeling the guilt of being the 'surviving' son.

After a violent panic attack, Frank realizes that he needs some focus in his life, and, after a booze cruise along the English Channel, decides to focus his efforts on swimming across it. Frank trains with the help of friend and local chip shop owner Chan (Benedict Wong) and former co-workers Danny (Billy Boyd), Eddie (Sean McGinley) and Norman (Ron Cook) until he feels he is fit and ready for the attempt. A successful crossing alleviates the family tensions.

Filming locations

The production visited Kent to shoot at the foot of the White Cliffs of Dover where Frank starts his swim of the English Channel and the famous cliffs can also be seen in the background throughout his challenge. The Port of Dover was used for the scenes where Frank’s family and friends race to meet him in France at the end of his swim.


  • Peter Mullan as Frank Redmond
  • Brenda Blethyn as Joan Redmond
  • Jamie Sives as Rob Redmond
  • Jodhi May as Angela Redmond
  • Billy Boyd as Danny
  • Benedict Wong as Chan
  • Sean McGinley as Eddie
  • Ron Cook as Norman
  • Shaun Dingwall as Observer
  • Tony Roper as Merv
  • References

    On a Clear Day (film) Wikipedia
    On a Clear Day (film) IMDbOn a Clear Day (film) Rotten TomatoesOn a Clear Day (film) MetacriticOn a Clear Day (film)

    Similar Topics
    Notes on a Scandal
    The Apartment