The Hippopotamus. Ted Wallace (Roger Allam).

The Hippopotamus

2017 British comedy film about a disgraced poet. Stars Roger Allam, Emily Berrington, Matthew Modine, Fiona Shaw, Tommy Knight and others.

The Hippopotamus. Image shows from L to R: Simon Logan (Dean Ridge), Ted Wallace (Roger Allam).

The Hippopotamus

Adapted from the novel by Stephen Fry, a disgraced poet is called upon to investigate a series of unexplained miracle healings

Genre
Film
Released
2017
Starring
Roger Allam, Emily Berrington, Matthew Modine, Fiona Shaw, Tommy Knight, Tim McInnerny, Geraldine Somerville, Lyne Renee and others
Writers
Stephen Fry, Tom Hodgson and Blanche McIntyre
Director
John Jencks
Producers
Jay Taylor, Alexa Seligman and Kwesi Dickson

Directed by John Jencks (The Fold), The Hippopotamus tells the story of disgraced poet Ted Wallace (Roger Allam) who is summoned to his friends Lord and Lady Logan's (Matthew Modine & Fiona Shaw) country manor, Swafford Hall, to investigate a series of unexplained miracle healings.

Ted tracks down the perpetrator of the phenomena, fifteen-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.

Production Details

UK certificate
15
Duration
89 minutes
Release date
Friday 2nd June 2017
Produced
2017
Premiere
Thursday 4th May 2017, BFI LOCO Film Festival
Production company
Also known as
  • Hippo The Movie
  • The Hipopotamus
Laugh track
None

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