A gentle English tale of two mature aged adults in their 60s finding love and companionship later in life. Written and directed by Paul Morrison and starring Alison Steadman and Dave Johns, 23 Walks will be available in cinemas nationally on 30 July 2020 with Victoria to follow late August.
Not exactly a fairytale first meeting in a North London park walking their dogs; but over 23 Walks, Fern and Dave develop and change their connection with each other. However, they haven't been completely honest about their past, which could be the undoing of their new relationship.
An Award-winning actress (Pride & Prejudice, Gavin & Stacey, Orphan Black, Life is Sweet), Steadman is very comfortable in her role and brings realistic emotional responses to situations that arise in the film. Dave Johns starred in Palme D'Or winner I, Daniel Blake and has since been featured in Fisherman's Friends and The Keeper. Perhaps it's a combination of maturity and acting chops, but both veterans are completely comfortable and effortless in their roles.
The story is as sweet as the rolling hills with a little realistic drama thrown in. You can't help but identify with their mature age situations and dramas, and their lackadaisical response towards rushing anything. It touches on all the realities for some of us as we age when life gives you lemons and bruises you, and you suddenly have to pick up and start again at a time and an age when you thought all the drama was over. As they say, it ain't over till the fat lady sings. You're never too old to fall in love or live to fight another day.