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Home from the Hill


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'Sometimes I sit and think', says Colonel Hilary Hook , on his verandah in the Kenya hills, 'and sometimes I just sit.' Hilary Hook , an eccentric Englishman of the old school, formerly of the Indian cavalry, then leader of extravagant safaris, has now retired. He's looked after by his butler Keperingi and a handful of servants.
Then the blow falls.
Hilary Hook 's African landlord evicts him. There's nothing for it but to return 'to my wrinkled, battered, bloody old first love - England'. He finds an unfamiliar world. He has to live in a cottage beside a supermarket car park in Wiltshire. There are problems that prove hard to solve - how to change a plug, how to open a tin. He buys thermal underwear and rather too much alcohol. It's a poignant contrast to his life abroad. 'I don't know, I might have made a grave mistake, a very grave mistake indeed....' But Hilary Hook , brave, original and funny, reacts as an old soldier should.
A touching, hilarious documentary
Wonderfully witty DAILY EXPRESS Priceless TIMES 40 Minutes editor EDWARD MIRZOEFF Photographed and directed by MOLLY DINEEN


Unknown: Colonel Hilary Hook
Unknown: Hilary Hook
Unknown: Hilary Hook
Unknown: Hilary Hook
Directed By: Molly Dineen

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