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HOTEL FOLLY

Short Synopsis:

'England's answer the 'The Queen of Versailles.'

 

Filmed over five years, this is an emotional rollercoaster of a film which explores the sometimes extreme highs and lows of one of life’s biggest gambles - buying a house.

 

Helen has seven children, a new partner and a very comfortable lifestyle when they decide to get a loan to buy one of the most historical house in England.  They want to convert the shabby, 72-roomed mansion in the centre of York into a tasteful hotel, but when the financial crisis hits their dream turns into their worst nightmare.

 

Helen fights the banks for a loan for the spiralling renovation costs and her neighbours over the rights to the courtyard. While her house gradually becomes unsellable, she persists with her neighbours wars.

 

Part black comedy, part nail-biting journey, this shows the human cost of the mortgage crisis.

CREDITS:

Camera

Kim Hopkins

 

Editing

Kim Hopkins

Margareta Szabo

 

 

Producers

Kim Hopkins

Margareta Szabo

 

Executive Producers

Simon Beaufoy

Herbert Lockwood

 

Director

Kim Hopkins

 

 

Production Stills

Jack Lewis Walsh

David O’Neill

 

Post Production Researcher

Helene Lott

Colourist

Sue Giovanni

 

Dubbing Mixer

Jez Foden

 

Post Production Co-ordinator

Ellie Stanway

 

Post Production House

VET Post Production

 

Music Engineer

Nicky Freemantal

 

Music recorded at

Thorganby Studios

 

Music By

Lucy Ward

Barnabás Balázs

 

Music

“Hush Little Baby”

Traditional folk song

Performed by Lucy Ward

Additional lyrics by Lucy Ward