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Timothy Spall’s Stanley A Man of Variety will open the Oxford International Film Festival


On Friday 5th May 2017 at 7pm, the Oxford International Film Festival officially starts, and Stanley A Man of Variety, starring and co-written by Timothy Spall – will open the festival.

A middle-aged man who enjoys watching classic British films and TV shows from the ‘60s and ‘70s. In prison for a crime that he’s convinced he didn’t commit, and after years in solitary confinement, his quest to see his daughter for her 16th birthday becomes an obsession. So he begins to talk to his comedy heroes from the past, each one trying to help him remember if, or what, he has done.

Stanley is followed by a short film, The Last Laugh, a short comedy about the death of Tommy Cooper, a very popular comedian who passed away on stage at Her Majesty’s Theatre in 1984. Tommy Cooper, Eric Morecombe and Bob Monkhouse spend one last evening in their dressing room, swapping jokes and reminiscing.

This is followed by The Wrong End of the Stick, a unique short animation about Malcolm Fetcher, a neurotic, middle-aged teacher lost in a dull marriage with his wife of twenty years, Beverly. As he faces an all-consuming identity crisis, their marriage disintegrates and he is forced to express a deep, hidden desire…

This screening will be at 7pm on Friday 5th May 2017 at the Phoenix Picturehouse. This screening will also feature a Q&A session with Timothy Spall.

The Oxford International film Festival’s second edition will take place over a three day weekend from 5th to the 7th of May at the celebrated Phoenix Picturehouse, which is situated at the heart of the beautiful and historic city of Oxford U.K.

More details of the festival can be found on the official site.

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