The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry


Starring Oscar-winner Jim Broadbent and Penelope Wilton 

When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. 

Learning that his old friend and colleague Queenie has terminal cancer, Harold (Jim Broadbent) sets out to post her a letter of condolence, but impulsively decides to visit her in person instead, walking from his home in Devon to Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Along his pilgrimage, Broadbent is superb as an innocent abroad learning Bear Grylls style to live off the land, enjoy periods of quiet reflection and interact with the various people he meets.

Left at home, his wife Maureen (Penelope Wilton) is initially hurt and confused but gradually comes to terms with her guilt of how she’s treated him during their marriage.

Recognising the error of her ways, redemption is found by keeping Harold going when he’s ready to throw the towel in with 18 miles to go.

Reviews highlight the first-rate cast in this quintessential British drama which makes people think and reflect on so many levels: family, friends, honesty, integrity, courage all the while recognising human foibles.

PLEASE NOTE: the organisers are now monitoring attendance numbers as, should there not be a good turn out this season, the local film shows may have to cease because they have not recently been financially sustainable.

Films are shown in Buriton Village Hall near Petersfield.

Doors open at 7pm and films start at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £5 on the door – having the exact money is very helpful.

Refreshments are available before the film starts at every show.