Thursday, 17 September 2020 17:35

Dog walking in Hadley inspires Alison Steadman love story

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Alison Steadman and Dave Johns (left) talking to film director Paul Morrison while shooting 23 Walks Alison Steadman and Dave Johns (left) talking to film director Paul Morrison while shooting 23 Walks
Years spent walking the dog on Hadley Green and in Hadley Woods and King George's Field was the inspiration for director and writer Paul Morrison whose new film 23 Walks, starring Alison Steadman, is to have its UK premiere at Barnet Everyman cinema.

Many Barnet paths and woodland scenes and views form the setting and backdrop for Steadman and her co-star Dave Johns whose “gentle, funny, romantic love story” takes place during the course of 23 dog walks.
Paul, an Oscar-nominated film director, lives at Monken Hadley and says he is delighted to have had the opportunity to produce a film that reflects the Barnet landscape.

“Barnet’s cafes, shops and dog walkers are also stars in the film and the cinematography is a testament to the beauty of our local environment.”
The UK premiere at the Everyman, on Thursday 24 September, will be followed by a live question and answer with Alison Steadman and Dave Johns, together with Paul.
Fundraising at the event will be in aid of Homeless Action in Barnet and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People


The film, largely set in Barnet, is a love story of later life – “Sometimes Love is a walk in the park” – and follows a couple in their sixties who get to know one another out together dog walking.
Paul says he was keen for the film to reflect the joy he takes from the local landscape.


“I have walked my dog every day for 15 years on Hadley Green, King George’s Fields and Hadley Wood.
“Those views and that experience are what have made their way into the film.
“I’m very fortunate to live in such a green area and the film reflects that joy.”

Local dog walkers will find even the trailer for 23 Walks on YouTube will whet their appetite as they spot favourite locations:

Tickets for the premiere can be booked on the Everyman website:
In addition to screenings at the Barnet Everyman, the film will be on wide release including Campus West Welwyn Garden City and the Crouch End Picture House.


1 comment

  • Comment Link Wednesday, 09 February 2022 19:10 posted by Angela Butler

    I haven’t watched the whole movie yet , I switched on this morning and after only 5 minutes I realised it was my kind of film . Iam originally from Bristol and in my teens in the sixties I always walked other peoples Dogs . I absolutely love them ,. I have an Instagram account and have Dog friends all over the world. I even posted the details of the film. Everyone now want to watch it . My greatest love is German Shepards . I used to walk on in the early sixties her name was Sally . I still think about her and how much she meant to me .


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