Our village became a film set for the new movie The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. First a book written about a colleague Harrold Fry knew about 20 years before, and unfortunately got cancer. She was being cared for in a hospice in Berwick-up-Tweed. The storey goes that he wrote a feeble note to Queenie Hennesy, and goes to post it, has second thoughts, and walks to the next post box, and the next. He then calls the hospice to tell them he’s coming and she should stay alive and wait for him. He then begins his 627 mile journey, which takes him 87 days.
We got to see some of the filming in the high street in Kingsbridge, where they recreated a post office in the town centre especially for the film. The main charter was being played by Jim Broadbent – Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award winner. He’s also played in Harry Potter, Bridget Jones Diary and many BBC sitcoms. The scene of him phoning the hospice was filmed just up the road from Brightham House, and we got a close up view of all the action (see below).
So, simply – ‘There’s no place like Brightham House’ it’s one of the Cool Places to be 😉