UK audiences will finally get the chance to see Stephen Fry’s The Hippopotamus on May 4, 2017, when it premieres on the opening day of the LOCO London Comedy Film Festival. Fry, who many know as the voice for the Harry Potter UK audiobooks, wrote The Hippopotamus over 20 years ago, and in 2015, it was adapted into a screenplay.
Roger Allam shines as disgraced poet Ted Wallace, who turns detective to investigate strange events at a country house. Could the rumours of miracles be true? John Jencks’ film of Stephen Fry’s provocative black comedy both tightens and heightens the plot, while Allam relishes every syllable of Blanche McIntyre and Tom Hodgson’s wonderfully wry, witty, whisky-soaked dialogue.
Directed by John Jencks, the black comedy also stars Tim McInnerny, Fiona Shaw (Aunt Petunia), Matthew Modine, and Emily Berrington.
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