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Stroud to grace silver screen in film starring Oscar winner

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A movie starring an Oscar-winning star which filmed in Stroud will be released at VUE today, Friday.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, which features Oscar winning actor Jim Broadbent, will be coming to theatres this Friday (April 26).

The cast, including Broadbent and production crews were spotted inside a phone box used especially for the scene near Tom Long’s Post on Minchinhampton Common and close to the Woolpack in the Slad valley back in October 2021. The cast also filmed in Stroud, using the Penny Farthing Café in the high street.

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The movie IS based on the novel of the same name by Chalford author Rachel Joyce, who also wrote the screenplay, ©Pal+Hansen

Broadbent will be playing the titular character Harold Fry in the movie based on the novel of the same name by Chalford author Rachel Joyce, who also wrote the screenplay, the film is directed by BAFTA winner Hettie Macdonald (Howards End, Normal People).

The book was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, won the UK National Book Award for the New Writer of the Year and was the UK’s bestselling book from a new novelist in 2021. It has sold over 6 million copies worldwide.

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Filming with iconic actor Jim Broadbent took place in Stroud today, Thursday Pic: Ash Loveridge

The film will follow Harold as he walks from Kingsbridge in Devon to Berwick Upon Tweed in Northumberland after learning his friend, Queenie, is dying.

It also stars Penelope Wilton, who has had roles in Downton Abbey and cult classic Shaun of the Dead, who portrays Harold’s wife Maureen.

Film buffs in Stroud will be able to spot some familiar locations such as Rodborough Common and the Slad valley.

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