|Poster - Warner Bros.
Directed by Stephen
Produced by Pathé,
Baby Cow Productions, BBC Film and Ingenious Media
Screening at Palace
Cinemas, Dendy Cinemas and Limelight Cinemas, Tuggeranong from December 26.
Reviewed by Len Power
7 December 2022
A good story often starts with an obsession. In the case of ‘The Lost King’, that obsession happens to be a true one and it’s resulted in an absorbing and entertaining film.
Sally Hawkins plays Philippa, a woman struggling with chronic fatigue syndrome and a doubting husband and family. Her performance as this obsessive woman is excellent. We are quickly won over and hope she will succeed against likely insurmountable odds. Hawkins makes every step of her journey believable.
Sally Hawkins and Steve Coogan
An apparition of Richard III, played very well by Harry Lloyd, could have been hard to take, but Hawkins makes it believable that she ‘talked’ to Richard, who was very much a living presence to her after so much research. We also accept her ‘feeling’ that an ‘R’ painted on a car park is the site of Richard’s grave.
Sally Hawkins as Philippa Langley 'talks' to Richard III (Harry Lloyd)
There has been some controversy since the film’s release that certain facts have been distorted about the extent of the University’s involvement. Whether this is true or not, it’s still a very entertaining film.
Philippa Langley was awarded an MBE for her work in 2015. Sally Hawkins deserves some kind of award for her memorable portrayal of Langley, too.
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