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Dingle International Film Festival (Dingle IFF) is delighted to announce that veteran English actor
Timothy Spall, OBE will be visiting Dingle with the screening of the Irish premiere of STANLEY A MAN OF VARIETY, a hysterical and moving comedy that features Timothy Spall performing all the principal roles. The film will be playing at The Phoenix Cinema on Friday March 24th, 2017. This tour-de-force event will also include a Q&A session with Spall, the film’s director, Stephen Cookson, and the film’s producer, Peter Keegan. This Q & A will be chaired by Gerard Stembridge, screenwriter of ORDINARY DECENT CRIMINAL (2000), and THE RANDOMER (2016).


STANLEY A MAN OF VARIETY is about the title character, Stanley, a man who finds himself in prison for a crime that he believes he didn’t commit. After many years in solitary confinement, he begins to see hallucinations of sixteen flamboyant and quirky characters from the past, as each one takes him on a journey inside his own mind to try to help him remember what he has done.


The variety of characters has allowed Timothy Spall to show off his acting abilities to the highest degree—“They were all a challenge but they were all characters that I grew up with in a sense … Some of them are a very wholesome feeling inside me, some of them bring a sense of melancholy, (some) carry a certain sinister quality and a quality that is a mixture of the mundane and the frightening.” (Timothy Spall, at the world premiere of STANLEY A MAN OF VARIETY)


Timothy Spall, who also co-wrote the film with Stephen Cookson, won the Edgeware Outstanding Achievement Award at the UK Film Festival in London for his role in STANLEY A MAN OF VARIETY. Timothy is a character actor and has been a household name on cinema and television screens for over thirty years. He earned widespread recognition as the bumbling Barry Spencer Taylor in the popular ITV comedy-drama series AUF WIEDERSEHEN, PET (1983-2004). Timothy has frequently collaborated with multiple Oscar-nominated writer and director Mike Leigh—MR TURNER (2014), for which Timothy won the Best Actor’ award at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival; TOPSY TURVY (1999), for which he was nominated for the BAFTA Award for ‘Best Actor in a Supporting Role’; and SECRETS & LIES (1996), for which he was nominated for the BAFTA Award for ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role.

Spall has also appeared in numerous worldwide productions:

  • His most recent roles are as David Irving in DENIAL (2016), and as Ian Paisley in THE JOURNEY (2016), both releasing in Irish cinemas this year.
  • THE KING’S SPEECH (2010), as former British prime minister, Winston Churchill.
  • HARRY POTTER FILM SERIES (2004-2010), as the treacherous and cowardly Peter Pettigrew.
  • SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET (2007), which starred Johnny Depp as the title character.
  • THE DAMNED UNITED (2009), as Brian Clough’s assistant football manager, Peter Taylor.
  • PIERREPOINT (2005), as the factual long-serving executioner Albert Pierrepoint.
  • THE LAST SAMURAI (2003), which also starred Tom Cruise in the leading role.


Stephen Cookson, the director of STANLEY A MAN OF VARIETY, is an English filmmaker based in London. Some of his most notable feature films are:

  • The upcoming film TELL TALE HEART (2017), based on Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, and starring Steven Berkoff, Henry Goodman and Dudley Sutton.
  • MY ANGEL (2011), which won awards at the Monaco International Film Festival for ‘Best Feature Film’, ‘Best Director’, and ‘Best Script.’
  • THE MUMBO JUMBO (2000), starring Joss Ackland, Brian Blessed, Nigel Davenport, and Richard O’Brien.
  • Cookson is also shooting a feature length documentary about film actress Sarah Miles, the star of RYAN’S DAUGHTER, which was filmed on location in Dingle.

Director Stephen Cookson is excited about the Irish premiere of STANLEY A MAN OF VARIETY at this prestigious festival: “I am a huge fan of Dingle Film Festival having visited it for this first time this year [2016]. Sarah Miles invited me to come with her to film part of our documentary at the locations of RYAN’S DAUGHTER.

STANLEY A MAN OF VARIETY is a passion project for Timothy Spall and I. It’s something that took a couple of years and many drafts to write. We both wanted to make something that’s completely original and memorable—and I think we achieved that”.

The festival director, Maurice Galway, is honoured to have these highly-esteemed guests visiting Dingle for the festival, and welcomes adding their names to the Dingle IFF wall of fame“Timothy Spall is outstanding in Stanley a Man of Variety, he is a true actor who has achieved so much in his career. I’ve loved watching him over the years and I am honoured to have Timothy join us this year at the festival.”

STANLEY A MAN OF VARIETY is also a mesmerising addition to Dingle IFF’s catalogue of fantastic films. So be sure not to miss it and book your tickets now.


The Dingle International Film Festival will run March 23-26, 2017. Housed within this Gaeltacht area, Dingle IFF is proud to promote the Irish language and is the only festival offering an award for Irish Script writing with its Físín event. Dingle is home to many filmmakers, one of Ireland’s only independent cinemas, is a known film location (Star Wars, Ryan’s Daughter, Far and Away) and a major tourist destination making it the perfect home for our festival.

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