An embittered poet is asked to investigate possible miracles at the country house home of an old friend.
Based on the best selling comedy novel by Stephen Fry
Directed by John Jencks
Join us for a special Q&A screening of The Hippopotamus with Stephen Fry, cast and film-makers live by satellite from the Hay Festival.
When disgraced theatre-critic and poet, Ted Wallace, is fired from his job, he is asked to investigate the mystery of so-called miracle healings at Swafford Hall, where he is godson to youngest child, David. His natural cynicism makes him the ideal candidate to get to the bottom of what’s going on, as well as some good whisky bottles, in this hilarious tale based on Stephen Fry’s seminal novel.
“Ted’s crackling observations — the fuel that drives the movie — have the fluency and rapier wit of a diligent, erudite mind. The role is a welcome lead turn for Allam, who’s more than up for the plummy putdowns, as well as the dashes of slapstick. In both voiceover and dialogue, whether he’s dismissing Wordsworth, Byron or social niceties, Allam delivers every mellifluously malign morsel with such unforced conviction that it barely feels like a performance.”
Followed by a Q&A with Stephen Fry LIVE from the Literary Festival Hay on Wye.
28 May 2017, 7.30pm