Berwick plays a leading role in The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry 

27 April 2023

Berwick plays a leading role in The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry 

Screenings at The Maltings on 28 – 30 April, 2 – 4, 6, 10 & 24 May 2023, with variable times. 

From the first day of release, the Maltings is delighted to be screening the poignant story of Harold Fry, an unremarkable man who embarks on a remarkable 450-mile walk from Devon to Berwick-upon-Tweed.  

You may recall when filming took place at several locations across the town in late 2021, including at West Street and Spittal beach.  

Recently retired, Harold Fry is well into his 60s and content to fade quietly into the background of life. Harold’s life with his wife Maureen is uneventful and their marriage frozen, due to an unspeakable conflict relating to the absence of their son, until one day, Harold learns his old friend Queenie is dying. 

He sets off to the post office to send her a letter and decides to keep on walking: all the way to her hospice, 450 miles away in Berwick-upon-Tweed.  

A story of rediscovery and transformation, Harold Fry is an uplifting reminder that you are never too old to take a chance, and that kindness is less rare than you think. Harold Fry’s heartfelt narrative is anchored by poignant performances from Academy Award Winner Jim Broadbent as Harold, alongside Dame Penelope Wilton DBE, as his wife Maureen.  

It is the first work from Director Hettie Macdonald since the successful BBC series Normal People. The film was developed with the support of The British Film Institute and Film4 and awarded National Lottery Funding. Author Rachel Joyce, who won the 2012 UK National Book Award for the New Writer of the Year, also penned the screenplay.  

Based on the 2012 New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller of the same name, author Rachel Joyce also penned the screenplay. 

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry was shot sequentially across the UK, mirroring Harold’s own pilgrimage. 

For full details of the screenings of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry at The Maltings, visit or call the Maltings Box Office on 01289 330 999.