The Good Neighbour - is it based on a true story?

Fans are wondering if The Good Neighbour is fact or fiction.

The Good Neighbour
(Image credit: Sky Cinema)

If you're looking for a new thriller drama to sink your teeth into then look no further than The Good Neighbour as fans are asking is it based on a true story? 

Neighbours soap might have been axed after 37 years but fear not, there's a gripping Sky Original movie about some different neighbours that is sure to get you thinking about what you'd do in their position.

As we look at whether The Good Neighbour is based on a true story...


Is The Good Neighbour 2022 based on a true story?

The Good Neighbour 2022 is technically a fictionalised version of German film Unter Nachbarn, but the original version was based on real events that took place in Latvia therefore it should be considered a true story as it is a remake of that film. 

While this new version of the film, a psychological thriller, is fictional, it explores a very real theme – the delicate balance between friendship and tragedy. 

This film is not be be confused with the 2011 film also called The Good Neighbour which is inspired by the tragic true story of the murder of Nia Glassie.

What is The Good Neighbour about?

The Good Neighbour is about the budding friendship between two very different neighbours David (Luke Kleintank) and Robert (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) but it takes a tragic turn when David runs over a young woman and causes her death.

According to IMDB, American journalist, David starts a new job in Riga, Latvia, for his old friend Grant (Bruce Davison) at European Press Network. The job comes with a big, old, furnished house and Grant's other BMW car. When his car won't start, he rings on his new neighbour's doorbell and meets Robert. Robert helps him with the car and they take the car for a spin and become friends. Next evening they go to a nightclub where David meets Janine from London and gets her phone number. 

Driving home, David accidentally hits a dark bike rider on a backroad. It turns out to be Janine. Robert, a nurse, tries to help her but she's dead. He convinces guilt-ridden DUI David to drive away without reporting it. Robert later drives the car into a lake. At work David covers the hit and run attending the police press conference where Janine's sister asks him to help find witnesses and the culprit.

The Good Neighbour

(Image credit: Sky Cinema)

Where can I watch the Good neighbour 2022?

You can watch The Good Neighbour 2022 on Sky Cinema when it's released on August 6. Alternatively the movie is also available to watch on Redbox, Prime Video, VUDU, Vudu Movie & TV Store or Apple TV on your Roku device.

The Good Neighbour 2022 cast

The Good Neighbour 2022 stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Robert, Luke Kleintank as David, Eloise Smyth as Vanessa, Bruce Davison as Grant, Ieva Florence-Vīksne as Janine, Regīna Razuma as Mrs. Petrova, Guna Zariņa as Juta Reine, and Kaspars Znotiņš as Henry.

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Selina Maycock
Senior Family Writer

Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)