The Lost King

Stephen Frears (Philomena, The Queen) tells the true story of an amateur historian who gets caught up in the mystery surrounding the burial site of King Richard III.

Time & Tickets

It is said that history is written by the victors. This was never more true than in the case of King Richard III, maligned from the moment of his defeat by Henry Tudor, the truth of his life contorted by subsequent generations. Over the course of 500 years, alternative facts became conventional wisdom. That is, until Philippa Langley took up Richard’s cause.

Langley is a writer who finds herself suffering a midlife malaise after a divorce and some health challenges. She happens upon the Richard III Society, a group of amateur historians bent on rehabilitating the damaged reputation of Richard, and soon becomes obsessed with finding his long-lost remains. Weathering derision from historians and concern from her family, our amateur sleuth does prevail. But her discovery of Richard’s true fate is not the last chapter in this fascinating story.

Screenwriters Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope partner with Stephen Frears to create the perfect narrative tension between the past and the present. Through her sensitive and spirited portrayal of Philippa, Sally Hawkins shows us a woman who fights ferociously to redeem Richard, all the while seemingly powerless to change others’ misunderstanding of her. In mending history’s fractured perception of Richard III, Philippa mends herself. (source:

Stephen Frears, UK, 2022, 108 min. English spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Sally Hawkins, Lewis Macleod, Steve Coogan, Shonagh Price, Helen Katamba.