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Truffle Pictures scores key 'Hippopotamus' deals

11 February 2017 10:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Film is an adaptation of Stephen Fry’s novel.

London-based sales agent Truffle Pictures has scored key territory deals on Stephen Fry book adaptation The Hippopotamus.

The comedy, which stars Roger Allam (The Lady In The Van), has been gone to Lightyear Entertainment, which has picked up all media rights for North America.

Further deals have been struck for Australia/New Zealand (Rialto Distribution), Scandinavia (Rialto Film Entertainment), Benelux (One 2 See Movies), Airlines (Terry Steiner International), Cis (Russian Report), Eastern Europe (HBO Europe). Truffle reported several more territories are in final negotiations.

Matthew Modine, Fiona Shaw and Tim McInnery also star. The film follows a disgraced poet and journalist who after being fired from his job decides to spend a month at his friend’s country mansion. Upon arriving, he finds out that strange phenomena have been occurring at the mansion and he opts to investigate.

Distribution consultant Martin Myers will oversee the film’s UK release »

- (Tom Grater)

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First poster and trailer for Stephen Fry adaptation The Hippopotamus

11 January 2017 10:30 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With The Hippopotamus set to receive its North American premiere this weekend at the Palm Springs Film Festival, the first poster and trailer have arrived online for director John Jencks’ upcoming adaptation of Stephen Fry’s 1994 best-selling comedy novel of the same name; take a look below…

A country manor mystery that’s actually a deliciously wicked comedy of manners, The Hippopotamus is a rollicking adaptation of the best-selling novel by Stephen Fry. It centers on a lapsed poet, failed drama critic, redundant husband and hard-working drunk, Ted Wallace (the mellifluously voiced Roger Allam in a rare starring role). Fired from his newspaper job, Ted leaps at the chance to drown his sorrows at his old friend’s country estate, Swafford Hall.

A series of spiritual healings have recently put the household in a tizzy. The purported miracle worker is his hosts’ teenage son, Ted’s godson, David (Tommy Knight »

- Amie Cranswick

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The first trailer arrives for Stephen Fry’s The Hippopotamus

10 January 2017 9:18 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Jon Lyus

We first reported on the production of John Jencks’ big screen adaptation of Stephen Fry’s The Hippopotamus back in 2015, when a single image was released. Since then we’ve heard almost nothing to sate our desire for big screen Fry. Until today that is, as we have finally got a first look at film’s trailer.

Blanche McIntyre and Tom Hodgson adapted Fry’s 1994 novel for Jencks to make his second feature film. A suitably sozzled-looking Roger Allam leads the the cast which include Matthew Modine, Tim McInnerny, Tommy Knight, Geraldine Somerville, Fiona Shaw and Emily Berrington.

We’ve got our look at the first trailer for The Hippopotamus from the Palm Springs Film Festival where the film has its North American premiere on the 14th of January, with another screening on the 15th. There are no details about a festival debut on this side of the pond, »

- Jon Lyus

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