Grace (Annette Bening) and Edward (Bill Nighy) have been married thirty-three years. When their son Jamie (Josh O’Connor) comes home to visit them in the fading seaside town where he grew up. Edward tells him that he plans to leave Grace, the next day.
Hope Gap tracks the unravelling of three lives, through stages of shock, disbelief and anger, to a resolution, of sorts. It’s tender, it’s funny and above all, true. There are no easy answers, no simple paths to redemption, but in the end, it is a story of survival. A story of hope.


Writer WILLIAM NICHOLSON (Breathe, Everest, Gladiator, Shadowlands)

Cast ANNETTE BENING (Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, The Kids Are All Right, American Beauty), BILL NIGHY (Their Finest, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Love Actually), JOSH O'CONNOR (God's Own Country)

Producers DAVID THOMPSON (the Sense of an Ending, Woman in Gold)

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William Benedict Nicholson is a British screenwriter, playwright, and novelist who has been nominated twice for an Oscar. He is known for screenwriting Breathe (2017), Les Misérables (2012), Gladiator (2000).

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