Watch heartwarming trailer for ‘Paddington’ writer’s new 1970s-set movie

A first trailer has been unveiled for The Phantom of the Open.

The uplifting comedy-drama has been written by BAFTA-winning writer and actor Simon Farnaby (Paddington 2, Ghosts), based on his own book.

The official synopsis reads: “The Phantom of the Open tells the remarkable true story of Maurice Flitcroft, a crane operator and optimistic dreamer from Barrow-in-Furness who, with the support of his family and friends, managed to gain entry to the 1976 British Open qualifying, despite never playing a round of golf before.

“With pluckiness and unwavering self-belief, Maurice pulls off a series of stunning, hilarious and heartwarming attempts to compete at the highest level of professional golf, drawing the ire of the golfing elite but becoming a British folk hero in the process.”

Mark Rylance (The BFG) leads the cast as Maurice, alongside Sally Hawkins (Paddington) as his wife Jean, and Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill) as Maurice’s nemesis Mackenzie.

Also appearing are Jake Davies (Artemis Fowl), Christian Lees (Speechless), Jonah Lees (Sun Records), Mark Lewis Jones (The Crown), and Johann Myers (Yardie).

Producer Tom Miller commented: “We are beyond excited by this incredible cast led by Mark, Sally, and Rhys; the fantastic script; amazing director; and brilliant crew – hopefully we’ll do Maurice proud.”

Watch the trailer:


The Phantom of the Open premieres at the London Film Festival next month.

It’ll be out in UK cinemas on Friday 5th November.

A release date in the US hasn’t yet been announced.

The extraordinary story of an ordinary man, The Phantom of the Open is described as “an uplifting and moving comedy drama about pursuing your dreams and shooting for the stars, no matter what hand you’re dealt.”

A third Paddington movie is set to begin filming next year, with Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville expected to return.

Simon Farnaby’s book The Phantom of the Open is available on Amazon.