One Chance



Sequoia 2 Wed, Oct 9, 2013 2:30 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:103
Director:David Frankel
Producer:Simon Cowell
Michael Menchel
Kris Thykier
Harvey Weinstein
Brad Weston
Screenwriter:Justin Zackham
Cinematographer:Florian Ballhaus
Editor:Wendy Greene Bricmont
Cast:Colm Meaney
Julie Walters
Mackenzie Crook
James Cordon


View Trailer HERE

US Premiere

This effervescent biopic from The Devil Wears Prada director David Frankel features Tony Award–winning actor James Cordon as amateur singer Paul Potts, an Everyman who makes his dream come true. The chubby young Paul is completely enamored with opera. He shines as a choirboy, pleasing his proud mum (the wonderful Julie Walters), irking his working dad (marvelous Colm Meaney) and provoking occasional attacks by local bullies in his native Port Talbot in South Wales. His passion is undiminished, despite numerous obstacles. Bolstered by the unshakable support of his partner, JulieAnn (The Iron Lady’s Alexandra Roach), the unassuming cellphone salesman rises from obscurity to become an international vocal superstar overnight after he appears on the television competition Britain’s Got Talent. Lacking none of the exuberance of the true story on which it is based, this quintessential against-the-odds drama is the feel-good movie of the year.

—Lily Buchanan