Filming for the feature film ‘Mother’s Pride’ will be taking place at the Great British Beer Festival on Friday, 5 August.
The film has been described as ‘a love letter’ to the British pub, with leading filmmakers taking inspiration from the near loss of their own community pubs. Writer-directors Meg Leonard and Nick Moorcroft – who made Fisherman’s Friends, one of the most successful British independent films of the past decade – will be shooting the comedy drama on the festival grounds throughout the day. Titled ‘Mother’s Pride’, the film is about a failing pub, a divided community and a grieving family whose lives are changed by brewing real ale and entering the Champion Beer of Britain Awards at the Great British Beer Festival. Filming is to begin in October in Wiltshire and Somerset, and the film will be released in cinemas nationwide in 2023.
The film makers have an impressive track record. ‘Fisherman’s Friends’, which was based on a true story of singing Cornish fishermen who signed a record deal, had success worldwide and inspired a sequel. Their other hits include ‘Finding your Feet’, a romantic comedy that has inspired a French remake.
CAMRA National Chairman Nik Antona said: “We are looking forward to welcoming the production crew down to the Great British Beer Festival grounds tomorrow. The film follows the journey of a homebrewer turning his life and the fate of his pub around by entering CAMRA’s prestigious Champion Beer of Britain competition. The film highlights the plight of our nation’s pubs and the importance of preserving local pub culture. We can’t wait to see the finished product and hope it encourages viewers to join the Campaign for Real Ale, to help us in our campaign to support and promote British locals for generations to come.”