Film - Stanley, A Man of Variety


Timothy Spall is Stanley, A Man of Variety, coming to Picturehouse Cinemas from 15th June. Watch the trailer...

Press Release

Boasting a tour-de-force performance from British screen legend Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner, The King’s Speech, Harry Potter franchise) the highly original, multi award-winning Stanley, A Man of Variety arrives in Picturehouse Cinemas with a series of exclusive Q&As.

In this darkly funny tale, Stanley (Spall) finds himself in prison for a crime he believes he didn’t commit. Now a lonely, forgotten man approaching his fifteenth year in the old psychiatric facility, he maintains his role as a trustee by cleaning the grim prison interior, which earns him the privilege of watching and re-watching classic videos from his prized collection of memorabilia. When this privilege is withdrawn, Stanley becomes so distressed that he suffers a physical and mental seizure. 

Soon enough, his beloved heroes - Max Wall, George Formby, Max Miller, Margaret Rutherford, Alastair Sim and more - visit him in hallucinations (all played by Spall) showing their sinister, unsettling side and take him on a bizarre journey through the unbearable truth of his life and incarceration. 

Directed by Stephen Cookson (My Angel, Steven Berkoff’s Tell Tale Heart) who co-wrote the film with Timothy Spall, Stanley, A Man of Variety won an impressive 16 awards at film festivals worldwide and stands as one of the most original, unmissable British films of the year.



Picturehouse Entertainment presents Stanley, A Man of Variety exclusively at Picturehouse Central from 15th June and at Picturehouse Cinemas nationwide on 26th June for Discover Tuesdays 

Screenings + Q&As with Timothy Spall 

15th-22nd June - Picturehouse Central, London (with Q&A on 24th June) 
27th June - Phoenix Cinema, East Finchley (with Q&A) 
30th June - Cambridge Arts Picturehouse (with Q&A)