Frankfurt am Main | 13 – 20 October 2024

The Lost King

United Kingdom
By Stephen Frears
Sat, 14 October 2023, 3:30 PM
Philippa (Sally Hawkins) doesn't have it easy: she is constantly overlooked in her agency job, her sons are slowly going their own way and she is in the middle of a divorce from John (Steve Coogan), with whom she actually gets along quite well. After a visit to the theater she develops a fascination for King Richard III. and sets his sights on finding his missing remains. She doesn't want to believe that the controversial monarch was really such a despicable monster as Shakespeare portrayed him. Her search is the starting point for an adventurous journey in which the inconspicuous Philippa follows her intuition against great odds and takes on respected historians to tell the world the true story of Richard III. to tell. After their popular success “Philomena”, acclaimed director Stephen Frears (“The Queen”, “High Fidelity”), Jeff Pope (screenplay) and Steve Coogan (screenplay and actor) have come together again to tell the true and moving story of an unusual woman to tell: two-time Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins (“Spencer,” “The Shape of Water”) plays Philippa Langley, who discovered the missing remains of King Richard III in 2012. found and thus changed historiography. “The Lost King” tells Philippa's search as a deeply human journey, a triumph of a woman who doesn't let the male-dominated world of academia deter her from her path and in doing so makes an incredible discovery.


Film Info


The Lost King
  • United Kingdom
Spoken language
  • English
108 Minutes


  • Steve COOGAN
  • Jeff POPE
  • Producers
  • Christine LANGAN
  • Dan WINCH
  • Cast

  • Sally HAWKINS
  • Steve COOGAN
  • Director

    • Stephen Frears

      Unanimously regarded as one of Britain's finest directors, Stephen Frears has always embraced a wide variety of styles, themes and genres. He worked almost exclusively for the small screen in the first 15 years of his career, with programs such as One Fine Day by Alan Bennett and Three Men In A Boat by Tom Stoppard. Stephen’s more recent TV work includes Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight for HBO and Channel 4’s The Deal starring Michael Sheen and David Morrissey. In the mid-1980s he turned to the cinema, shooting The Hit (1984), starring Terence Stamp, John Hurt and Tim Roth. The following year he made My Beautiful Laundrette for Channel 4, which crossed over to big-screen audiences and altered the course of his career. After directing its companion piece Sammy And Rosie Get Laid and the Joe Orton biopic Prick Up Your Ears, he began working in Hollywood, with Dangerous Liaisons and the Grifters (for which he was Oscar®-nominated) among his most notable titles.

      Returning closer to home, he directed The Snapper and The Van, two Irish films based on Roddy Doyle stories and, after a second spell of making American films (The Hi-Lo Country and High Fidelity), based himself largely in Britain. Frears showed his versatility with two vastly different movies – Dirty Pretty Things, a realistic account of immigrant life in London, and Mrs Henderson Presents, a nostalgic backstage comedy-drama. For his 2006 film The Queen he was again nominated for an Oscar. His subsequent films included Cheri and Tamara Drewe. He followed these with Philomena, starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, which won a BAFTA and was nominated for three others, along with three Golden Globe and four Oscar nominations; The Program, which starred Ben Foster as seven time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong; and Florence Foster Jenkins, starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, which received various accolades including a Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture and an Oscar nomination for Streep. Frears followed this with Victoria & Abdul, which starred Judi Dench, who received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance.

      Frears’ return to TV was with the acclaimed three-part BBC television series A Very English Scandal, which won Stephen a BAFTA for Best Director. He followed this up with an Emmy win for Nick Hornby’s short form series State Of The Union - starring Rosamund Pike and Chris O’Dowd; and most recently directed QUIZ for ITV – James Graham’s TV adaptation of his play, starring Michael Sheen and Matthew Macfadyen.

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