45 Years, a 2015 film by British director Andrew Haigh, tells the story of Kate and Geoff Mercer, a couple approaching their 45th wedding anniversary, who receive an unexpected letter which contains life-changing news.
The letter, from the Swiss authorities, explains that the perfectly-preserved body of Geoff’s ex-girlfriend, Katya, has been found – 50 years after she fell into an Alpine crevasse – which causes the couple to confront some home truths that have remained buried for some time.
The Norfolk Broads are the backdrop to this drama, their flat expanse a perfect counterpoint to the Alps.
Starring Charlotte Rampling, Dolly Wells and Tom Courtenay, the film proved very popular at international film festivals, gaining Best Actress awards for Charlotte Rampling in Berlin and Edinburgh.
Explore the Broads and the other landscapes that inspired the film with Visit Norfolk.
Look back at another film that is inspired by the Norfolk landscape, Culture365 number 3, The Goob.