Joyous comedy starring Mark Rylance, Sally Hawkins and Rhys Ifans announces a new release date

After delighting audiences and critics alike at the 2021 BFI London Film Festival, Entertainment One (eOne) is thrilled to announce that THE PHANTOM OF THE OPEN will now release in cinemas in Ireland and the UK from FRIDAY MARCH 18, 2022.

This inspiring, joyous comedy is directed by filmmaker and BAFTA® Cymru Award winning actor Craig Roberts, from a screenplay by BAFTA winning writer, Simon Farnaby (Wonka, Paddington 2). Farnaby adapted the script from his own book “The Phantom of the Open: Maurice Flitcroft, The World’s Worst Golfer”, co-written by Scott Murray.

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.

Starring Academy Award® Winner Mark Rylance as Maurice, Academy Award® Nominee Sally Hawkins as his wife Jean and BAFTA nominee Rhys Ifans as his nemesis Mackenzie. The extraordinary story of an ordinary man, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPEN is an uplifting and moving story about pursuing your dreams and shooting for the stars, no matter what hand you’re dealt.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPEN will be only in cinemas in Ireland and the UK March 18, 2022.