The Hippopotamus. Ted Wallace (Roger Allam)
The Hippopotamus

The Hippopotamus

  • 2017 film

Adapted from the novel by Stephen Fry, about a disgraced poet investigating a series of miracle healings. Also features Roger Allam, Emily Berrington, Matthew Modine, Fiona Shaw, Tommy Knight and more.

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

Key details

Genre
Film
Released
2017
Stars
Roger Allam, Emily Berrington, Matthew Modine, Fiona Shaw, Tommy Knight, Tim McInnerny, Geraldine Somerville, Lyne Renee and more
Writers
Stephen Fry, Tom Hodgson, Blanche McIntyre, John Finnemore and Robin Hill
Directors
John Jencks and Marcia Gay
Producers
Jay Taylor, Alexa Seligman, Steve Clark-Hall, Christopher Little, Hal Brotherton-Ratcliffe, Kabir Malik, Georgia Goggin and Kwesi Dickson
Companies

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.

Additional details

UK certificate
15
Duration
89 minutes
UK cinematic release
Friday 2nd June 2017
Produced
2017
UK premiere
Thursday 4th May 2017, BFI LOCO Film Festival
Also known as
  • The Hipopotamus
  • Hippo The Movie
Production
Location
Camera set-up
Single camera
Picture
Colour

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Recording details

  • West Wycombe Park - Filmed entirely on location

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