This true story and I go way back.
I found the original book A Street Cat Named Bob & How He Saved My Life on the shelf of a hostel in Seminyak, Bali last fall. I had just finished my current read, which I exchanged for this one after immediately being drawn to the cover featuring an alluring ginger cat.
I devoured it in about two days in various locations around the island including the beach, my bed capsule and everywhere in between. The basic plot is a London-based true story about a recovering heroin addict who is adopted by a stray cat, and establish a mutually beneficial yet heartwarming relationship.
To make a long story short, I ended up following Bob & James' Facebook page which is how I found out a film was being made and subsequently released just in time for Thanksgiving in the US. And Bob himself actually stars in it! Just imagine going from being a drug-addicted busker sleeping on the streets of London to getting a book deal then a move deal and even meeting Kate Middleton. Wow!
Since the movie is non-Hollywood, foreign and pretty indie, it's a very limited release throughout US theaters so I made my parents go with me to the 1:40 showing today in Charlotte on our way back from Charleston. (Note: Charlotte, NC is not actually on the way back from Charleston, SC.)
The film is pretty true to the book with only minor changes, which don't really affect the plot or central message. (And yes, you'll recognize Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer if you're a 90s kid like me.) The beginning is probably as close as what most of us will know what it's like to live as a homeless drug addict but it progresses nicely and has a very happy ending.
I can't say enough good things about this uplifting, family-friendly film. It's so refreshing to see an inspiring, authentic story set in real life when most other fictional films are just trying to one up each other by distracting and dazzling us with A-list actors and digital, special effects. Check out their website to see if it's playing in a theater near you!