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The Fitzroy

Set in a post-apocalyptic 1950’s, The Fitzroy hotel, a derelict submarine beached just off Margate, is the last place for a traditional summer holiday.

Bernard, the hotel’s bellboy, cook, maintenance man and general dogsbody faces a constant battle to keep the decaying hotel airtight and afloat.

But when he falls in love with the scheming femme-fatal Sonya, he is thrown into a web of lies, backstabbing and chaos.

As his world implodes, Bernard must choose between the woman he thinks he loves and the hotel submarine keeping them all alive.

  • Andrew Harmer
  • Andrew Harmer
  • James Heath
  • Liam Garvo
  • Cerith Flinn
    Key Cast
  • Kenneth Collard
    Key Cast
  • David Schaal
    Key Cast
  • Jan Anderson
    Key Cast
  • David Gant
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Sci-Fi, Post-Apocalypse, Comedy, Fantastic
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 32 minutes 53 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 8, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    150,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • St Louis International Film Festival
    St Louis
    United States
    November 7, 2016
    World Premiere
  • Worldfest
  • Sci-Fi London
    April 29, 2017
    UK Premiere
Director Biography - Andrew Harmer

Andrew has always loved film and storytelling. Over the past decade Andrew has made a number of short films and low budget music videos. He has also spent many years developing his writing style through various courses at LFS and City Lit, as well as lots of hours staring at blank pieces of paper.

With a strong love of Ealing comedies, animation and fantasy, Andrew’s work often focuses on the quirky characters and stories that this world throws up. As well as writing and directing The Fitzroy, Andrew is also working on various other scripts and his first children’s novel.

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Director Statement

The Fitzroy is my debut feature film and as such it felt like a golden opportunity to do exactly what I wanted. I had complete freedom to do anything and no need to worry about demographics, sales or anything of that ilk. The only criteria, was to create a film I would enjoy watching and if I enjoyed it than hopefully an audience would too.
I am fascinated by British society. It is a contradictory and confusing melting pot obsessed with social, political and economic divides. I was eager to explore this through another British obsession, comedy.
It was integral to find a story that would allow me to force a wide range of characters together. A hotel submarine in a post-apocalyptic 1950’s felt like the obvious choice.
As Britain continues to struggle with its own identify both internally and externally I feel The Fitzroy, somewhat unintentionally, has become warning. A destination that we should be avoided at all costs.
But largely The Fitzroy is a silly comedy, a film I am proud of and enjoy and one I hope an audience will too.