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One Chance

United Kingdom | 2013 | 103 minutes | David Frankel

The crowd-pleasing true story of Paul Potts, a shy shop assistant who went from undiscovered opera enthusiast to superstar when chosen to compete on “Britain’s Got Talent.”

May 24, 2014
Lincoln Square Cinemas  
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May 30, 2014
SIFF Cinema Egyptian  
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On March 17, 2007, Paul Potts went onstage before three judges, 2,000 audience members, and millions of television viewers to audition for “Britain’s Got Talent.” Mere seconds into his rendition of “Nessun Dorma,” his life would never be the same. Three months later, he was crowned the winner of the reality television competition’s inaugural season. But who is Paul Potts, and where did he come from? One Chance, a stirring, pitch-perfect biopic from director David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada), jumps back in time to a pre-fame 2004, finding Paul (played by James Corden, “Gavin & Stacey”) when he was nothing more than a stocky, unassuming mobile phone salesman. Lonely and bullied in his small Welsh town of Port Talbot, Paul finds solace in the sounds of Puccini, Leoncavallo, and Mozart, but his desire to one day grace the stage and perform these magnificent pieces of music seems like a pipe dream, especially if his working class father (Colm Meaney, The Commitments) has anything to say about it. But with the help of his encouraging mother (Julie Walters, Billy Elliot), Paul decides to shoot for the stars, and through ups and downs, arias and pitfalls, love and loss, he makes his way in front of Simon Cowell…and the world.

Director Biography

One Chance is David Frankel’s sixth feature film. His previous work includes The Devil Wears Prada, starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway, Marley & Me, starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston, The Big Year, starring Jack Black, Steve Martin and Wilson, and Hope Springs, starring Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, and Steve Carell. He won an Academy Award® for Best Short for his film, Dear Diary, and an Emmy for his direction of HBO’s "Band of Brothers." His other work for HBO includes the pilot for "Entourage," several episodes of "Sex and the City," and "From the Earth to the Moon." He lives in Miami with his wife, Jennifer and their two children.

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Director: David Frankel
Principal Cast: James Corden, Alexandra Roach, Julie Walters, Mackenzie Crook, Jemima Rooper
Country: United Kingdom
Year: 2013
Running Time: 103 minutes
Producer: Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein, Mike Menchel, Simon Cowell, Brad Weston, Kris Thykier
Screenplay: Justin Zackham
Cinematographers: Florian Ballhaus
Editors: Wendy Bricmont
Music: Theodore Shapiro
Website: Official Film Website
Filmography: Hope Springs (2012); The Big Year (2011); Marley & Me (2008); The Devil Wears Prada (2006); Miami Rhapsody (1995)
Language: English
Format: DCP
US Distributor: The Weinstein Company
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