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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.



Kim Hopkins



Kim Hopkins

Margareta Szabo




Kim Hopkins

Margareta Szabo


Executive Producers

Simon Beaufoy

Herbert Lockwood



Kim Hopkins



Production Stills

Jack Lewis Walsh

David O’Neill


Post Production Researcher

Helene Lott


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



“Hush Little Baby”

Traditional folk song

Performed by Lucy Ward

Additional lyrics by Lucy Ward