Special Presentation in association with Empire
The Phantom of the Open
Truth is funnier than fiction in this delightful and effortlessly charming tribute to Maurice Flitcroft, the ‘world’s worst golfer’.
Screening across the UK: This film is also screening at Chapter Cardiff, Edinburgh Filmhouse, Glasgow Film Theatre, Showroom Cinema Sheffield, Tyneside Cinema Newcastle, Queen’s Film Theatre Belfast. Visit our partner venues’ websites to search performances and book tickets.
Kate Glover, Nichola Martin, Tom Miller
Mark Rylance, Sally Hawkins, Rhys Ifans
UK 2021. 102min
At the age of 46, happy-go-lucky crane operator and all-round lovable family man Maurice Flitcroft (Mark Rylance) feels it’s time to try his hand at something new. Deciding on a whim that golf is his new calling, the budding sportsman sets his sights on mastering the game. But Maurice is not a man to do things by halves, and in a turn of events that you just couldn’t make up, he secures a coveted spot in the qualifying round of the 1976 British Open. With the enduring support of his loving wife and disco-dancing sons, Maurice borrows some books, buys the clobber and gets hold of a set of clubs. There’s only one problem; he has never played a round in his life. Adapted by Simon Farnaby from his book ‘The Phantom of The Open: Maurice Flitcroft, the World’s Worst Golfer’ (co-written by Scott Murray), Craig Roberts’ film is a heartfelt celebration of an eternal optimist who never let his sporting inadequacies stand in the way of his dreams. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. All hail the underdog!
Tickets from £10 (£5 for 25 & Under) for all Gala and Special Presentation screenings at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall.
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All screenings will be presented with an audio-description soundtrack for customers who are blind or partially-sighted. Headphones are available on request.
The screening on Wednesday 13 October will be presented with closed captions for customers who are D/deaf or hard of hearing.