The Hippopotamus + Unpacking British Cinema
Director: John Jencks
Running Time: 89′
The literary genius of Stephen Fry comes to vivid, witty life in The Hippopotamus, writer-director John Jencks’ second feature. Based on Fry’s eponymous novel, it stars the incomparable Roger Allam (a Kingsley Amis biopic surely beckons) as Ted Wallace, a theatre critic thrown out on his ear following a very public outburst during a new London play. Encountering the daughter of an old friend whilst drowning his sorrows at the pub, he’s offered a princely sum to travel to a stately home to investigate a series of unexplained ‘miracles’. Thus begins an adventure involving old friend/adversary Lord Logan (Matthew Modine), his wife (Fiona Shaw), their needy son, and lots of whisky. A riotous tale of a mischievous, cantankerous man facing up to extraordinary circumstances, drink in his hand.
Followed by a special panel discussion around the development and production of the film, as part of the EEFF’s Unpacking British Cinema series