Hope Gap

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Hope Gap
Hope Gap poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byWilliam Nicholson
Screenplay byWilliam Nicholson
Based onThe Retreat from Moscow
by William Nicholson
Produced by
CinematographyAnna Valdez Hanks
Edited byPia Di Ciaula
Music byAlex Heffes
Distributed byCurzon Artificial Eye
Release dates
  • 6 September 2019 (2019-09-06) (TIFF)
  • 28 August 2020 (2020-08-28) (United Kingdom)
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office$112,564[1][2]

Hope Gap is a 2019 British drama film written and directed by William Nicholson, adapted from his 1999 play The Retreat from Moscow. The film stars Annette Bening, Bill Nighy, Josh O'Connor, Aiysha Hart, Ryan McKen, Steven Pacey and Nicholas Burns.

Hope Gap had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on 6 September 2019 and was released in the United Kingdom on 28 August 2020 by Curzon Artificial Eye.


A family drama of the aftermath of a husband's revelation that he is leaving after 29 years of marriage.



The project was announced on October 31, 2017, with William Nicholson directing and writing the story, and Annette Bening and Bill Nighy cast to play the husband and wife at the centre of the film.[3]

Pre-production began on June 11, 2018, with principal photography starting on July 10.[4] Filming occurred in Seaford, Sussex.[5]


In May 2019, Roadside Attractions and Screen Media Films acquired US distribution rights to the film.[6] It had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on 6 September 2019.[7][8] It was released in the United States on 6 March 2020.[1] It was released in the United Kingdom on 28 August 2020.[9]


Box office[edit]

Hope Gap grossed $104,732 in the United States and Canada[2] and $7,832 in other territories for a worldwide total of $112,564.[1]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 64% based on 90 reviews, with an average rating of 6.2/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Annette Bening and Bill Nighy are just about worth the price of admission, but Hope Gap lacks enough depth to really leave an impact."[10] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 58 out of 100 based on 23 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[11]


  1. ^ a b c "Hope Gap (2019)". The Numbers. Nash Information Services, LLC. Retrieved June 14, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Hope Gap (2019)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved June 14, 2020.
  3. ^ Hipes, Patrick (2017-10-31). "Annette Bening & Bill Nighy To Star In William Nicholson's 'Hope Gap' – AFM". Deadline. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  4. ^ "Blog|'Hope Gap' wins Best Film at Barcelona Film Festival". William Nicholson. July 4, 2020. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  5. ^ Hollywood royalty has come to Seaford to film scenes for a new movie
  6. ^ N’Duka, Amanda (May 9, 2019). "Roadside Attractions, Screen Media Nab North American Rights To 'Hope Gap'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  7. ^ Lang, Brent (July 23, 2019). "Toronto Film Festival: 'Joker,' 'Ford v Ferrari,' 'Hustlers' Among Big Premieres". Variety. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  8. ^ "Hope Gap". Toronto International Film Festival. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  9. ^ "Past, Present, and Future Releases". Launching Films. Retrieved 22 August 2020.
  10. ^ "Hope Gap (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved November 30, 2022.
  11. ^ "Hope Gap Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved October 27, 2020.

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