"The Lost King" is the title of a new film that I want to see!
The film is about the discovery made by Philippa Langley who had some great interest and curiosity about the possible burial site of King Richard III and against all odds was actually able to "unearth" him in a parking lot in Leicester, England! (I mean, not her personally digging up bones there but you get the idea, right?) It is based on her book "The King's Grave: The Search for Richard III".
‘I had goosebumps!’ – the finder of Richard III’s remains in a car park is celebrated in a Steve Coogan film | Movies | The Guardian
There, I have a link above to a review in The Guardian. Hope you can read it! Tsk, tsk...the writer refers to Phillipia Langley as a "super-fan". There are just some words I dislike intensely, "super-fan" being one of them. It somehow seems a bit of a put-down to me. I wonder why that is. Perhaps it is because if you are passionate about something our world just finds it hard to describe that great enthusiasm that some of us have even if we aren't "experts".
I also have the trailer below if you want to watch it. It is three minutes long and I must admit, I don't always want to watch the trailers. It can sometime spoil it for you! (It does for me anyway.)
I am sure that I wrote about this on my blog before and wished that someone would make a film about it. Once again, the universe has listened to me. (Okay, now I want to win the lottery!! Are you listening to me, universe? LOL.) HEY! I just found my post, it was from February of 2013! Want to read it? You can at link below!
Georgia Girl With An English Heart: Richard III
Philippa Langley is of the firm belief that Richard III was NOT the villain that Shakespeare made him out to be. That his play about the king was influenced by Queen Elizabeth who was a Tudor and since he knew on which side his bread was buttered, he presented Richard III as a very bad guy. I am wondering...and please don't anyone get their knickers in a twist about this but...what if Shakespeare DID get it right? What if Richard III did have those young princes murdered in the tower? I don't suppose we will ever know for certain. How can we know?
Still, the story behind Phillippa Langley finding the bones in the parking lot is a pretty fascinating one to me. If you read anything else about her, a large part of her instinct about where to find him had to do with a very strong "feeling". Since I also sometimes have strong feelings about certain things, this speaks to me in a very personal way. (Haven't dug up any bones YET but hey, you never know what I might do!)
I do hope that they have done a good job with the film. It stars Sally Hawkins as Philippa Langley and I really like that actress!
The photo that I have here for you is on top of The Old Bailey in London. It is called the Statue of Justice. She is holding scales in one hand and a sword in the other and in this version from 1907, she is not blindfolded. "Justice for King Richard III" might be the next film adaptation! What do you think, was he a hero or a villain?