Original Title

Great Yarmouth – Provisional Figures



Production Year


Country of Origin

Portugal, France, United Kingdom

Language Spoken

Portuguese, English


113 min
San Sebastian IFF main competition (world premiere)


Marco Martins
Marco Martins, Ricardo Adolfo


Beatriz Batarda, Kris Hitchen, Nuno Lopes, Rita Cabaço 

Production Company
Uma Pedra no Sapato

Uma Pedra no Sapato, Filipa Reis,
Kamilla Kristiane Hodøl
Co-Production Companies
Damned Films, Yohann Cornu
Les Films de l’Aprés-Midi, François D’Artemare 
Elation Pictures


October 2019, three months before Brexit, when hundreds of Portuguese migrant workers pour into Great Yarmouth, Norfolk (UK), seeking work at the local turkey-processing factories. Tania (“The Mother of the Portuguese”), who used to work in these poultry plants, has climbed the ranks after marrying an English hotel owner, and is now a facilitator for the Portuguese workers. Her dream of becoming a British citizen and leaving this dirty business behind is threatened by the arrival of the latest group of immigrants, which unleashes a series of events that disrupts her volatile existence.


Filipa Reis


Filipa Reis is a director and producer since 2000, with a background in Business Management and a postgraduate degree in Cinema and Television. In 2008 she founded her own company where she creates, develops, produces and directs projects for television under the brand VENDE-SE FILMES and cinematographic projects as UMA PEDRA NO SAPATO. Her films as a director and producer premiere in major festivals, followed by theatrical release, TV broadcast and VoD distribution. She is presently developing and producing international co-production features by award-winning Portuguese directors Miguel Gomes, Margarida Cardoso, Pedro Pinho, Marco Martins, José Filipe Costa and Paulo Abreu and developing debut features by Leonor Teles, Maureen Fazendeiro, Duarte Coimbra, Sofia Bost, Ágata de Pinho, Aya Koretzky and Takashi Sugimoto, as well as her own film signed along with her partner João Miller Guerra. As a TV producer and director, Filipa is responsible for over 100 hours of episodic content and non-fiction programs for primetime network and cable in national broadcasting stations. Filipa Reis is a member of EAVE, Eurodoc and Emerging Producers networks.


Kamilla Kristiane Hodøl


Kamilla Kristiane Hodøl is a graduate of the MA in Producing at the National Film and Television School, and have taken part in talent schemes including iFeatures, Guiding Lights, the Edinburgh
International Film Festival Talent Lab, and the Nordic Genre Boost. She is the second half of the UK-based production company Elation Pictures, which has been selected by the British Film Institute as one of the foremost new production companies in the UK in the context of their 2016 Vision Awards. Hodøl’s credit includes award-winning shorts such as Edmond (Winner BAFTA Best Animation, BIFA Best Short Film, and Sundance Best Animation), Manoman (BAFTA and BIFA nominated, Official Selection at Cannes Cinefondation, Sundance and SXSW) and Diagnosis (Short of the Week and Vimeo Staff Pick). In 2017, her feature film Tides premiered at the BFI London Film Festival. Elation Pictures’ current slate includes projects in development with the BFI, BBC Film, and Screen Ireland. 

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It has been five years since I first started researching this project by interviewing more than a hundred Portuguese migrants living and working in Great Yarmouth, and I have seen it transform from play to film, traverse a pandemic and Brexit, and come out on the other side to screen at San Sebastian. And I am grateful to be joining forces with the fantastic team at LevelK in that endeavour.
– Marco Martins

Marco Martins is one of the most renowned Portuguese contemporary artists, with an overarching body of work spanning from cinema to the visual arts and drama. A graduate of the Lisbon Theatre and Film School, the Tisch School of Arts and HFF Munich – University of Film and Television, he started as an assistant director to Wim Wenders, Pedro Costa, Manoel de Oliveira and Bertrand Tavernier. His debut feature film Alice premiered at the Directors’ Fortnight and won the Prix Regards Jeunes at Cannes in 2005. His third feature Saint George (São Jorge) premiered at the Venice Film Festival 2016, where Nuno Lopes won a Golden Lion for Best Actor for his performance in the film (Horizons Award).

His films were released in France, Germany, Portugal and China and shown in major festivals all over the world. Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film twice and, among others, the Goya Award and Fassbinder Award (European Film Awards- European Discovery of the Year), Marco has won numerous awards in festival such as London Raindance (Best Director), Mar del Plata (Best Director, Best Cinematography), Mar del Plata (FIPRESCI – Best Picture), Berlin (Shooting Star). His artistic collaborations include Italian master Michelangelo Pistolletto (Twenty-One-twelve – The Day The World Didn’t End, a video installation exhibited at the Louvre Museum), Tonino Guerra (short film A Longer Year, selected for the Venice Film Festival), visual artist Filipa César (installation Insert, premiered in Rotterdam) and Flemish choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker (documentary in progress).

He founded the Arena Ensemble Theatre Company in 2007 with award-winning actress Beatriz Batarda, maintaining a regular play production for the most important national theatres and abroad. In 2002, Marco Martins founded his own advertising production company (Ministério dos Filmes), receiving several international gold awards for his films. In recent years his work in film and theatre has come to know a great recognition. The intersection of performative languages, the collaboration with non-professional actors, as well as various community projects with a strong choreographic component give Marco Martins’ body of work a unique voice in the European arts panorama. In 2022, Marco Martins released on the theaters Um Corpo que Dança- Ballet Gulbenkian 1965-2005.


Beatriz Batarda

Batarda, a Portuguese actress awarded for her film and stage work, was born in London in 1974. She first appeared on Hard Times (Tempos Difíceis, 1986) and Abraham Valley (Vale Abraão, 1991). But it was only with The Box (A Caixa, 1993) by Manoel de Oliveira, that she made an impression. Batarda finished her training at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2000, for which she was given a Gold Medal and immediately signed with Scott Marshall and Partners. Besides acting, Batarda directs for theatre, runs Offkey Produções, and is a visiting professor at Acting Schools. She is co-founder of Casa Bernardo Sassetti and Arena Ensemble.

Kris Hitchen

Hitchen was originally a child actor at an early age but instead of pursuing a career in the acting business he became a plumber working with his father. At the age of 40 he decided to return to his childhood dream of being an actor, following his wife’s blessing. After a few years of small TV roles his first major role was as Ricky Turner in Ken Loach’s award winning Sorry We Missed You and he has since gone on to star in many TV shows and Films playing lead characters which include hard hitting BBC drama 4 Lives and more recently ITVs Trigger Point to name a few.

Nuno Lopes 

Lopes made his professional debut at Teatro da Cornucópia in 1997. In addition to a vast career in theater, it was in cinema that he distinguished himself internationally. His standing-out work in cinema includes Alice, Wellington (Linhas de Wellington) with John Malkovich,  The Great Mystical Circus (O Grande Circo Místico) with Vincent Cassel and An Easy Girl (Une fille facile) by Rebecca Zlotowski, which won for best French film at the Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. Recently, Lopes participated in the French feature film Azuro and played one of the protagonists in the series White Lines by Álex Pina (Netflix) and Operación  Marea Negra (Amazon Prime Videos). 

Rita Cabaço

Cabaço graduated in theater at Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema in 2014 and has the theater course from Escola Profissional de Teatro de Cascais. In 2010, she made her theater debut in Our Town (A Nossa Cidade). Afterwards, she has worked with multiple directors. On film, she has been part of the cast of several feature films The Wind Whistling In The Cranes (O Vento Assobiando nas Gruas, 2021), Vale Das Dúvidas (2020) and Rage. For Television, she joined the cast of the series, Princípio, Meio E Fim (2021), Glória (2020), by Tiago Guedes, for Netflix. In 2015, she created the theater company – Teatro da Cidade.

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