Saltburn – End of the Pier 1986

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A melancholy documentary captures down and out-of-season pleasures and subdued gentility at a select seaside town on the wintry North East coast. Lulled by a soundtrack of waves, time passes slowly for the men who bait and fish from the Victorian pier, scan the barren beach with metal detectors, and harvest sea coal in the cruel shadow of the distant steel works. The Realpolitik of Thatcher’s Britain is just beneath the surface of this lyrical 1980s portrait of Saltburn.

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