Jim Broadbent films Harold Fry feature

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Jim BroadbentFilming begins this week in Devon on a feature adaptation of Rachel Joyce’s best-selling novel The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, starring Jim Broadbent and Penelope Wilton. 

Joyce’s book, first published in 2012, centres on Harold Fry, a 65-year-old man who walks from his home in Kingsbridge, Devon, to post an important letter to his dying friend, Queenie, then just keeps on walking. 

He eventually covers more than 600 miles in his quest to hand-deliver his missive, spending the 87- day journey reflecting on his marriage, his career and his estranged son. 

True to the story, the locations encompassed will be wide-ranging, taking in sites as far afield as Devon and Northumberland before finishing in London. 

The film is directed by Hettie Macdonald and produced by Juliet Dowling, Kevin Loader and Marilyn Milgrom for Essential Cinema and Free Range Films. 

Photo by Anthony Harvey, courtesy of Getty Images. 

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