Joel Hopkins (2016)

12A Certificate


Our Score
Set in the well-to-do London district, this socially conscious trifle sees a weary American widow (Diane Keaton) put aside her financial woes to take up the cause of a shack-dwelling curmudgeon (Brendan Gleeson), whose home on Hampstead Heath is being threatened by developers. Loosely based on a true story, but with added romance, Hampstead takes inspiration from Richard Curtis and Nancy Meyers but comes courtesy of Joel Hopkins (Last Chance Harvey). Unlike Notting Hill, it knows its onions when it comes to the character of its location, capturing the area's village ambience and uneasy mix of do-gooders and the abrasively affluent, while the gentrification theme is contemporary and pertinent. If the leads are well cast, the film is terribly nervous about their burgeoning relationship, a lack of confidence that's infectious, and the absence of spark in both script and execution is disappointing, too. In fact, considering this almost soporifically gentle romantic comedy delivers on neither the romance nor comedy front, it doesn't so much stumble as never really gets off the ground.


An American widow finds unexpected love with a man living wild on Hampstead Heath when they take on the developers who want to destroy his home. Romantic comedy drama, starring Brendan Gleeson, Diane Keaton and James Norton.

Cast & Crew

Emily Diane Keaton
Donald Horner Brendan Gleeson
Fiona Lesley Manville
James Smythe Jason Watkins
Philip James Norton
Judge Adams Simon Callow
Wiggin Adeel Akhtar
Steve Crowley Alistair Petrie
Erik Hugh Skinner
Susan Rosalind Ayres
Director Joel Hopkins
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment OneGuidance: Swearing.Available on: DVDReleased on: 23 Jun 2017
Drama Comedy