The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry – in Irish cinemas from April 28th 2023







The beloved bestselling novel is brought to life in

an inspirational and life-affirming film of a walk across England


Entertainment One (eOne) today announces the release of THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY, in cinemas in Ireland and the UK from April 28th 2023.

Based on the bestselling book of the same name by award winning 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.

THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY tells the story of a man who leaves his seaside town in South Devon to deliver a message to an old friend. Harold Fry was never meant to be a hero. He’s an unremarkable man who has failed at all the important things: being a husband, a father and a friend. Now, well into his 60s, he is content to fade quietly into the background of life. But when Harold learns his friend Queenie is dying, he is moved to act. He leaves home, walking to the post box to send her a letter, until he realises a letter is not enough. In that moment Harold decides to keep walking, all the way to her hospice, some 500 miles away in Berwick-upon-Tweed: as long as he walks, Queenie must live. Surprising himself as much as his wife Maureen, Harold embarks on a walk of hope, determined to travel the length of England to save his friend.

Starring Academy Award® Winner Jim Broadbent as Harold and Penelope Wilton as his wife Maureen, THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY is an uplifting tale of self-discovery, redemption and learning to seize the moment.

The film is an Essential Cinema/Free Range Films production, financed by Ingenious Media and the BFI (awarding National Lottery funding) in association with Embankment Films. Produced by Juliet Dowling, Kevin Loader and Marilyn Milgrom, the script was developed with Film4 and the BFI. Executive Producers are Rachel Joyce and Paul Venables.


‘Maureen Fry and the Angel of the North’, the moving finale to this trilogy of books that began with ‘The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry’ and continued with ‘The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy’, is also published today.


THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY will be in cinemas in Ireland and the UK from April 28th 2023.


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