Director:  John Jencks

Producer: Jay Taylor, Alexa Seligman, Kwesi Dickson

Production Co: Electric Shadow Company

Starring: Roger Allam, Matthew Modine, Fiona Shaw, Tim McInnerny

Format: Arriraw - Arri Alexi XT 4x3, Hawk V Series x2 Anamorphic - 2.39:1

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2017 UK



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 centres 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). Lord and Lady Logan (Matthew Modine & Fiona Shaw) are set on sharing their boy's "gift" with the world, blissfully unaware that his "laying on of hands" trick involves, well, an emphasis on "laying." At odds with a colourful party of fellow guests only too ready to swallow anything they're told, Ted sets out to prove the miracles are a hoax and save the young man from a lifetime of embarrassment.


Cinematographer Angus Hudson captures the film with a beautiful and keen eye for the surrounding environment, which only adds to the flourishing story.

Taryll Baker - UK Film Review

With the beautiful English countryside and stately home – and lush, precise cinematography – the work would be faultless were it not for a stumbling plot and questionably casual references to rape, beastiality and paedophilia

Catherine Sedgwick -

Shot with one eye on the splendour of the English countryside, full of open fields and grand old halls, The Hippopotamus takes a dry, acerbic pot-shot at the entitled vanity of art and privilege while embracing its possibilities at the same time”

Tony Black -

An old-fashioned romp through the eccentricities of the upper classes, it's a fun mystery with a nicely filthy mind

Emma Johnston - Total Film