Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins plays a dedicated historian on the trail of Richard III's final resting place in The Lost King.
Director Stephen Frears and writer Steve Coogan, collaborators on the award-winning Philomena, reunite to bring us this rousing true story of a quintessential underdog who battles the establishment to make a remarkable discovery.
Years after Shakespeare tarnished Richard III's reputation, Hawkins' character, Philippa Langley, is determined to locate his burial site. Along the way, Philippa butts heads with those who judge her for her lack of academic qualifications.
The movie screened in advance last night for Cineworld Unlimited members and we've curated a selection of their responses.
Sally Hawkins, as always, is masterful and Steve Coogan's depiction is very politically charged. I found the struggles Philippa had to be deeply frustrating. Another fantastic collaboration between Frears and Coogan 👏— Andy Williams (@andywilliams250) September 28, 2022
Such a fascinating story! I really felt so supportive for Philippa throughout her journey of finding the remains of King Richard III despite people doubting her. The film really brought a smile to my face and the story itself is so motivational & inspiring! 9/10! Grade: A!!! 😁👑— James Acraman (@JamesAcraman) September 27, 2022
Interesting, slightly quirky film. Great performance from Sally Hawkins with solid support from Messrs Coogan & Addy. If you’re a history buff, or just intrigued by the story (and you don’t mind some artistic licence thrown in!), it’s well worth a watch.— Dave Billingsley (@dab051176) September 27, 2022
It was an enjoyable film, and a fascinating subject. Though I’m not sure quite how accurate it is. There have been a lot of people disputing it, but as it says, this is just Philippa’s story.— D (@Dee2020two) September 27, 2022
Good to see a film that actually had a story. It made me want to read the book it is based on to find out more. However it did also make me question how accurately other characters were portrayed in the film and I hear the filmmakers and Leicester Uni may differ on that subject!— Jackie Sheppard (@sheppardjackie) September 27, 2022
really lovely, classic british underdog story. also, as someone who lived with a sufferer for over a decade, refreshing to see ME portrayed with nuance. Sally Hawkins can do no wrong!— ObiMoo 💗💛💙 (@_ObiMoo) September 27, 2022
Couldn't make the Unlimited screening? Good news: The Lost King is released at Cineworld cinemas on October 7. Here's the trailer for those who missed out last night.
Can't get enough of Cineworld Unlimited screenings? Even more good news: we're hosting a preview of the Emily Brontë drama Emily, starring Emma Mackey, on October 11.
Check out the trailer below for a tease of this ravishing and emotional period drama.
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