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Tony Hawks: Playing the Moldovans at Tennis

Tony Hawks
Date and Time: 
21 October 2012
The Cut, Halesworth, Suffolk, IP19 8BY



A Suffolk première of Tony Hawks’ recently released film, Playing the Moldovans at Tennis, followed by an entertaining talk from the comedian on the trials and tribulations of translating two of his best-selling books to the Big Screen. Part of the Halesworth Arts Festival.

Tony is well-known for his appearances on radio panel game shows, such as I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, Just a Minute and The News Quiz, as well as on television programmes Have I got News for You and Grumpy Old Men.

About Tony Hawks' film

Playing the Moldovans at Tennis

Tony is also a celebrated author; his first book Round Ireland with a Fridge sold over 500,000 copies and was followed by another best seller, Playing the Moldovans at Tennis. Both books, based on true stories, have been turning into films with the latest being co-directed by Tony and Mikolaj Jaroszewicz, the Polish cinematographer on the Oscar winning Peter and the Wolf.

The script sticks very closely to the original story when Tony, as he watched TV coverage of England beating Moldova 4-0 in football, made a wager with his friend (comedian Arthur Smith) that he could track down all 11 of the Moldovan football players and beat them at tennis.

As he attempted this unlikely feat, his journey took many unexpected turns and along the way Tony discovered that he may have bitten off more than he can chew; in Europe's poorest country, which endures daily power shortages, gangsters, and a lawless breakaway republic, he finds that it is not that easy to coax footballers onto a tennis court. Playing the Moldovans at Tennis is a warm and moving film, described by The Guardian as: “Unbridled amusement value.”

After the Event

Playing the Moldovans at Tennis

As always the Halesworth Arts Festival was a resounding success and the WLT Charity Night with Tony Hawks was a highlight for us.  Tony spoke with humour, wit and humility about his experiences shooting his latest film in Modova, about the p