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A love letter to England.

Susan Miles enjoys a lovely tale with an unlikely romance between a widowed American woman and a homeless Irishman on beautiful Hampstead Heath.

I took my expat friend Jackie to the preview of this totally "makes you fall in love with England" movie.

Hampstead is based on the true story, of Harry Hallowes, also known as "Harry the Hermit", a homeless man from Ireland who lived in a shack on Hampstead Heath for years.

Diane Keaton plays Emily, a recently widowed, and recently cheated-on American.

Emily finds unexpected romance with the hermit after she accidentally spies upon him whilst looking out her attic space with binoculars.

Donald, (Brendan Gleeson) gets initially unwanted assistance from Emily in challenging developers who want the shack gone and romance follows.

This charming tale plays out in a quintessential English village, with beautifully filmed twilight summer park scenes, and a musical score that features the sweet sounds of English birdsong. The film has a NottingHill feel about it and Hampstead will probably feature on places to visit when next in the U.K.

It is a film that takes you on a lovely journey.

Jackie delighted in the sweet chirping of English birds, and it made her slightly homesick. This charming tale should be enjoyed on the big screen, to appreciate the loveliness of the English backdrop at its visual best.

Email The Lamp by the 12th of the month to be in the draw to win a double pass to Hampstead thanks to EntertainmentOne. Email your name, membership number, address and telephone number to lamp@nswnma. for a chance to win!

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Publication:The Lamp
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Date:Jun 1, 2017
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