Brendan Gleeson at the World Premiere of Hampstead.

The North London’s answer to Notting Hill.

The Hampstead premiere was suitably held at Everyman Cinema in Hampstead. The Drm team caught up with director Joel Hopkins, writer Rob Festinger and actors Brendan Gleeson and Deborah Findlay.

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Brendan Gleeson

Harry Potter actor Brendan Gleeson feels that Hampstead Heath is a beautiful place that belongs to the people.

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Director Joel Hopkins

The Hampstead Director Joel Hopkins tells us “It’s not a biopic we are sort of inspired by the story [of Harry Hallowes] but so much of the film and the Diane Keaton’s character is completely fictitious, his life is a starting point ”

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The lovely venue Everyman Hampstead

It’s a classic David and Goliath story says Deborah Findlay  who is part of the cast.

The romcom is loosely based on the story of the hermit Harry Hallowes who squatted in Hampstead Heath for 12 years until in 2007 he won a long court battle to live on a well-hidden 90sq ft patch of land, which formed part of the Athlone House estate, and is some of the most expensive square feet in UK.

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Still from the film with Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson

In the movie loveable tramp Donald, played by Gleeson,  faces eviction from his shack which stands in the way of a multi-million-pound property development on Hampstead Heath.

Aimed at a mature audience.

In cinemas from 23rd of June on general release. Cert 12A, 103 mins.

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