While the film about Harry Hallowes starring Brendan Gleeson and Diane Keaton is out this month, the fate of the patch he lived on is still unknown
Itâ€™s the feelgood film that promises to do for one of Londonâ€™s best loved parklands what Richard Curtisâ€™s romantic comedy did for Notting Hill.
Hampstead, starring Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson, tells the tale of an American widow who falls for a hermit living on its famous heath. The film, which comes out on 23 June, is loosely based on the real-life story of the late Harry Hallowes, who lived in the ancient park for so many years that he was able to claim squattersâ€™ rights to a tiny slice of it. But what will become of Hallowesâ€™s patch of land â€“ a stoneâ€™s throw from what promises to be one of Britainâ€™s most expensive homes when it is completed â€“ remains something of a mystery.