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The Hippopotamus

John Jencks

In this hilarious tale based on Stephen Fry’s novel, disgraced theatre-critic and poet, Ted Wallace (Roger Allam), is summoned to his friends Lord and Lady Loganʼs (Matthew Modine and Fiona Shaw) country manor to investigate a series of unexplained miracle healings. 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.

Ted tracks down the perpetrator of the phenomena, 15-year-old David Logan (Tommy Knight), whose parents believe he has healing hands. Unaware that David is using some unorthodox methods, the Logans are set on sharing their son’s gift with the world. With a poet’s passion for the truth, Ted hurries to debunk the miracles and save a young man from a lifetime of embarrassment.

This screening is followed by a live satellite Q&A with Stephen Fry, cast and filmmakers from the Hay Festival.