Director: Joel Hopkins
Cast: Diane Keaton, Brendan Gleeson, James Norton
Country of Origin: UK 2017 102 mins. (12A)
Released by e One
Romance blossoms when Emily (Diane Keaton), a widowed American living in London meets Donald (Brendan Gleeson), a grumpy reclusive, living life his way on Hampstead Heath and they take on property developers who want his plot.
Presumably inspired by Harry Hallowes, the Hampstead hermit who lived in a shack on the edge of the Heath and won squatters' rights in 2007, Brendan Gleeson's as convincing a hermit as a politician smiling for the camera, Diane Keaton dons beret, scarf and blazer like a years later Annie Hall, Lesley Manville shines as bossy neighbour Fiona, James Norton pops up as Emily's son, add on a gentle prod at social issues and up comes an easy going, middle of the road, smile along, so what movie that presumably would have liked a 'The Lady in the Van' touch but comes out wide of the mark. All wrapped in a 'Village feel,' 'Hampstead' drops into the summertime romcom slot. Harry Hallowes would be bemused, but would he be impressed?