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ROMANTIC ROAD

Auditorium - Sunday 18 Aug 2019, 18:30

A London lawyer and wife re-define later life by motoring across rural India in their battered 1936 vintage car.


Tucked away in the south of England, Rupert and Jan Grey, both 66-years-old, have been living their lives the way they see fit. Rupert is a practicing lawyer and photographer, Jan a bereavement visitor. They have raised three daughters in an old draughty cottage and retirement is on the horizon. At this pivotal moment, they are invited to a human rights festival in Bangladesh as guests of honour and they decide to drive there in their family car - a notoriously battered 1936 Rolls Royce. Rupert believes in sabbaticals, not retirement, so they ship the Rolls to Mumbai and motor across India to Dhaka. They fall into company with tea-wallahs and maharajahs, dodge tribal conflicts and battle border officials ultimately landing their car in the hands of the Bangladeshi Customs. Rupert & Jan are living proof you can live your dreams no matter how odd, wild or crazy they might be - a rare glimpse into a uniquely inspired expedition that redefines later-life. Side by side, they drove for six months and covered over 5000 miles. Though Rupert was at the wheel, Jan quietly propels the journey with a gentle strength, and we witness their lasting love grow stronger through this incredible experience.

UK/Canada 2017 Oliver McGarvey 80m


We hope to welcome Rupert and Jan Grey to introduce/Q&A their film.

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