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Online Filmmaker Q&A: “The Trip to Greece” Director Michael Winterbottom

31 May
Sun, May 31, 2020 at 2:00 pm
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Director Michael Winterbottom is expected to participate in an online Q&A.


Join us as we revisit the delightful Trip series from filmmaker Michael Winterbottom and actors Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon on the occasion of the online release of their final outing, The Trip to Greece, and present an in-depth conversation with Winterbottom.

The celebrity impersonations, constant attempts at one-upmanship, and hunger-inducing restaurant visits return in the fourth feature incarnation of the spirited collaboration between director Michael Winterbottom (The Claim, Festival 2000) and performers Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan. After forays through England’s Lake Country, Italy, and Spain, Coogan and Brydon are ready for a hero’s voyage; specifically, they will be following in the footsteps of Odysseus on his trek from Troy to Ithaca. Travelling from such classic locations as the Temple of Apollo at Delphi to the island of Hydra, the two continue their wide-ranging conversation, incorporating bits of literature, philosophy, and history, and prove once again to be most entertaining travel companions. The Trip to Greece was originally scheduled to screen as part of the 2020 SFFILM Festival.

You can catch up on all three of the previous Trip films now with a free trial of IFC Films Unlimited on Amazon Prime Channels, prior to the online release of The Trip to Greece on May 22. Our conversation with director Michael Winterbottom will cover all four films.

This event is free and open to the public; advance registration is required. Registrants for this event will be sent a link via email one day in advance to register for the online session, which will be conducted with Zoom. We recommend that you download and install Zoom on your computer or mobile device in advance, and set yourself up with a free account. Attendees will have a chance to participate in the Q&A with a text chat function. Registration closes around one hour before the start of the event — be sure to register early!

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Director Michael Winterbottom

After directing the documentary Ingmar Bergman: The Magic Lantern (1988), Michael Winterbottom directed series and movies for television, including Family (Festival 1995), before making his feature debut with Butterfly Kiss (1995). A prolific filmmaker, his works include Jude (1996), Welcome to Sarajevo (1997), The Claim (Festival 2000), 24 Hour Party People (2002), In This World (2002), Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2005), A Mighty Heart (2007), and Greed (2019). The Trip (Festival 2011) began as a TV show and became an ongoing series of films, of which The Trip to Greece is the fourth.


Film Details

Language English

Year 2020

Runtime 110

Country UK/Greece

Director Michael Winterbottom

Producer Josh Hyams, Melissa Parmenter

Writer Michael Winterbottom

Editor Marc Richardson

Cinematographer James Clarke

Cast Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Claire Keelan

Print Source IFC Films