Disgraced poet Ted Wallace (Roger Allam) is summoned to his friends Lord and Lady Loganʼs (Matthew Modine and 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 sonʼs ʻgiftʼ with the world. With a poetʼs passion for the truth, Ted hurries to debunk the miracles and save a young man from a lifetime of embarrassment.
The Hippopotamus is a based on a epistolary novel by Stephen Fry and is directed by John Jencks, who has wanted to adapt the book to screen ever since he found it on a guest room bedside table ten years ago.
There will be advanced screenings in 76 cinemas on the 28th May 2017, with Stephen Fry and the cast doing a Q&A live by satellite from Hay Literary Festival (get tickets here). The film opens nationwide on the 2nd of June.
The Hippopotamus – Signed poster competition