Ahead of its World Premiere at the 47th Toronto International Film Festival, IFC Films acquired The Lost King by director Stephen Frears. The film stars Golden Globe winning actress Sally Hawkins (The Shape Of Water) in the lead role of Philippa Langley, alongside Steve Coogan (Philomena, The Trip Series) in the role of Philippa’s husband, John Langley.
The Lost King tells the remarkable true story of amateur historian Philippa Langley played by Sally Hawkins, who was behind the real life discovery of King Richard III in 2012 after the remains had been lost for 500 years. Langley spent years researching and searching for the remains, in spite of skepticism from friends, family and academics. The film is the life-affirming true story of a woman who refused to be ignored and who took on the country’s most eminent historians, forcing them to think again about one of the most controversial kings in England’s history.
Director Stephen Frears said, “I’m delighted that The Lost King has found a home in North America with IFC Films. It was hugely enjoyable to work again with Steve and Jeff and we were blessed with an incredible performance from Sally. Toronto is always special and now we have IFC at our side.”